Sen. Montford: State Cuts Hit Community Hard

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, Florida - May 27, 2011

Job cuts announced Thursday at a Juvenile Justice facility and a state hospital in small, adjoining communities in the Panhandle will hit hard, the area’s senator, Bill Montford said. About 140 jobs will be cut at the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, and the closure by the Department of Juvenile Justice of the North Florida Youth Development Center in Marianna, formerly known as the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, will cost the area another 185 jobs. That facility is in Jackson County, while the hospital is in neighboring Gadsden County – where it is a major employer. “This will have a severe negative impact,” said Montford, D-Tallahassee. “We know we’re in tough times, we know we’ve got to tighten our belts, but this is going to have a severe negative impact on the business community,” he said. “The mom and pop shops, the Wal-Marts, the others out there, will feel this.”


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  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on May 28, 2011 at 05:49 AM
    Billy, this isn't the School Board. Your playing major league politics and happen to be in the unenviable position of being a handout, welfare, spend, spend, spend Democrat with no money. Lifes tough. Being a former teacher you should be able to understand the basic concept of budgeting, right?
  • by CHARLIE Location: WOODVILLE on May 27, 2011 at 07:12 PM
    IT'S MY MONEY AND I WANT IT NOW!!
  • by Sopchoppy Supporter Location: Sopchoppy on May 27, 2011 at 07:08 PM
    Bill, thank you for standing with the public workers. Hang in there. Help is coming in 2012. You can count on it. The Tea Party has hijacked the Florida Republican Party. There will be a backlash against the Repub. party in 2012 because of it. It will be a referendum on rick scott.
  • by CJ Location: TLH on May 27, 2011 at 02:30 PM
    Brilliant Bill. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know lost jobs will effect the local economy. So will higher taxes on the working class to pay un-needed government employees. How about if some of you Dems come up with solutions instead of just throwing mud at the problem solvers. Keep up the good work Gov. Scott. Somebody has to be willing to do the dirty job of balancing the budget.
  • by Laid off state employee Location: Tallahassee on May 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    So many other options could have been explored to avoid massive layoffs. Furloughs were never even considered. Closing tax loopholes should have happened before putting thousands of people out of work. And all of the idiots who think this is what should happen will find themselves completely screwed when the local economy starts to show the ripple effects from all of these people being put out of work. Trust me, your turn is coming...so bend over and get you some KY...your gonna need it!
  • by robert Location: O'Brien, Florida on May 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    Everyone has to throw a little something into the kitty. This over spending is why we are in this budget mess. Gov. Scott is delivering exactly what he promised. That is certainly unique these days. I have no complaints to make about him. Good job. "Keep cutting the waste."
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 10:32 AM
    class of 85 rules.
  • by Friend of Bill Montford. Location: Tallahassee on May 27, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    I agree. Lets get Bill to run for Governor. He knows what the "little" people need. And it's NOT to get their jobs cut off during this depression time. And yes people, it may be called a "recession", but for most of us it's a "depression". It's the little people who keep this state going. NOT the big cats. Bill has worked his way up through the ranks. He has been there with, and for the little people. He is from our neck of the woods.
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      by Class of 1992 Montford Student on May 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM in reply to Friend of Bill Montford.
      ABSOLUTELY!! That is why he is where he is today! He did a great job as School Super., will be a jam up Senator and with all our hopes, one day run this great state of ours. Go ahead....start digging up dirt on him....might as well get armed...because I believe he can do it!
  • by PayingAttention Location: Tallahassee on May 27, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    Funny. Montford seems unaware that the Florida Constitution *requires* a balanced budget. What is not so funny is that while he has made no offers for solutions to this, folks are ready to put him in the Governor's office. Makes me think that is is going to take an un-civil war to start turning around the pandemic stupid gripping this state, and this nation.
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      by Drinky Crow on May 27, 2011 at 01:01 PM in reply to PayingAttention
      "PayingAttention?" LOL!! The pandemic stupid is what got Scott elected, and what helped the Republicans gain a super majority in the Florida legislature. This was done in the name of "change" by the idiots that fell for that line of BS. Change from what? The Republicans have been ruling Florida for over 12 years now! Be careful what you wish for, because I know which side of the line of an "un-civil war" this Libertarian will be fighting on. The state Constitution may require a balanced budget, but it does not require it to be balanced on the backs of a select segment of the population.
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      by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 01:23 PM in reply to PayingAttention
      Here's a solution for you: Don't cut taxes for the rich greedy corporations and then cut jobs and salaries of government workers to pay for it. Raise sales taxes so EVERYONE shares in the bad times and lower it in the good times so EVERYONE shares in the good times. Balancing a budget doesn't mean you have to cut- increasing income is also an option and all but the 29% who approve of this governor and legislature agree with that. It isn't fair to "balance the budget" on a small group of people while others, like corporations, get big rewards. Also, I wouldn't say that "pandemic stupid" is gripping this state. It looks like it only affects 29% of our population.
  • by I HATE RICK SCOTT Location: TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA on May 27, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    I TOO WILL VOTE FOR MONTFORD FOR GOVERNOR OF THIS GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA. CAN WE HAVE SCOTT IMPEACHED, TODAY?? I HATE HIM...
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