Scott's New Budget Causing Concern

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

From a Tea Party rally to the state capitol, Governor Rick Scott spent Monday explaining his bold spending plan.

Rick Scott, Florida's governor, says, "This is designed to reduce state spending, lower taxes and hold government accountable."

Scott wants to limit state spending to 65 billion dollars… that's nearly a five billion cut. It includes 2.6 billion in spending reductions and two billion in tax cuts divided among corporations and homeowners.

It also includes eliminating 8600 state jobs.

"We are going to build private sector jobs. You create jobs by giving you the taxpayer more of your money by giving you the employer who wants to create a job some of your money back."

The biggest proposed cut is to education. Schools would receive three billion fewer dollars than they did a year ago, when federal stimulus dollars beefed up their budgets. But not every office, agency and department would get scaled back.

Scott wants to increase the budget for his office by about 350 million dollars and add 91 positions. According to Scott's budget proposal his office would grow but it will also take on more responsibility. Progress Florida is just one of dozens of groups concerned about the spending cuts.

Damien Filer of Progress Florida says, "This budget is an attack on everyone in this state who uses public roads, who has a child in public schools, who has a mother or father or grandfather or grandmother who may be needing senior services."

Objectors will now take their cases to the legislature, where the real work begins.

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