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Groups Get Ready for Session

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Florida tea party organizers expect to have more than 4,000 people at the Capitol. The "Awake the State" rally is also expecting large numbers in Tallahassee, as well as across the state. Some say Florida could see it's own version of the large government protest last month in Wisconsin.

"There's a full on assault of working people happening in the state right now, " said Rich Templin of the Florida AFL CIO.

Governor Rick Scott's proposed budget calls for large cuts to education and sweeping changes to benefits for state workers.
And while some are furious with the proposal, others see it as a breath of fresh air.

Political Activist Dianne Berryhill said, "I'm very pleased with what our governor is doing, in fact, if we could send our legislature across the Georgia line for the next 60 days and let our governor get to work, we would probably be better off in this state."

Different groups will be gathering Tuesday to let their opinions be heard.

Rich Templin said of the rally-goers, "I think they're coming from far and wide, all kinds of organizations."

"Everyone has their own interests, but our major concern needs to be our state, our state is broke," Berryhill said.

The "Awake the State" rally will be going on across Florida, and those who helped organize it hope they can continue to rally for the next 60 days.

"31 cities across the state are having mobilizations tomorrow, some bigger, some smaller, but the idea is to have a constant voice out there in the community," Templin added.

Capitol Police will be handling everything on capitol grounds. TPD said officers will be helping with traffic and will be standing by in case they are needed in any other capacity.

For information on the AFL CIO click the link below.

http://www.aflcio.org/splash_weareone.cfm?continue=/index.cfm

For more information on the "Awake the State" rally click the link below.

http://www.awakethestate.com/

For information on the Tea Party Rally clink the link below.

http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/nswift/save-our-state-rally-statewide-tea-party


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