Sunshine State Budget Battle

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, FL - Rick Scott campaigned on a pledge to get Florida back to work. It all hinges on cutting taxes - a feat the new governor could find difficult to pull off.

That's because lowering both property and corporate income taxes would only add to the state's budget problems. The lack of federal stimulus money this year opened up one big hole lawmakers now have to fill.

Republican leaders in the state house appear to be sending the message that there's no way they can afford to cut taxes, at least not right now.

On Thursday (1-20), house staffers unveiled new figures showing their estimate of a 4.6 billion dollar deficit. That's a billion more than they had been projecting, but not because revenues are down. It's because they want to sock away an extra billion in so-called 'reserve' money.

The house Republicans appear to be intentionally inflating the deficit to make it more difficult for Scott to get his tax cuts. Now, why would they want to pick a fight with the governor, who, after all, is a fellow Republican?

Well, to cut taxes, you'd have to cut spending on things like roads, parks and schools, and that doesn't tend to be too popular with the people back home.

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  • by eat the rich Location: looney land on Jan 21, 2011 at 04:52 PM
    we don't need them anyway
  • by I KNOW LET'S BUILD ANOTHER 70 MILLION DOLLAR COURTHOUSE. Location: moneyville on Jan 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    money money money money money. sick of hearing it. lay off all thepeople that their jobs are useless and close theagency down. the budget is ballanced and quit worring the people about your problems. god created earth man created money and all the problems that go with it.
  • by watching Location: Florida destruction on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    And yet, no one is saying a word about repealing the tax cuts that were giving while Jeb was Governor. If the Legislature doled out all of the surplus when times were good and since the majority are supposed to be financial conservatives they should know that when the reserves are depleated you MUST rebuild the level of capitol. If there are ANY more tax (or FEE) increases they MUST be across the board - everyone must pay more including the tip 9% and corportations.
  • by Alice Location: crawfordville on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    to anonymous: thank you,to hgwshp (i.e. hogsbreath or hogswash)don't want to take your job away from you. Extra income? what extra income State employees work very hard for hogswash like you
  • by hgwshp Location: Tallahassee on Jan 21, 2011 at 08:50 AM
    Maybe all State Employees can get one of the 700,000 hotel maids and maintenance worker jobs that Scott will be creating. That would give you some extra income. Working one of those jobs part time you might earn enough to pay for your health insurance which is going up and up and up like the cost of everything else in this State, except salaries.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    Alice, Just wanted you to know that your raise is forthcoming!
  • by Alice Location: Crawfordville on Jan 21, 2011 at 04:38 AM
    Hello,Gov Scott remember the state employees that do what you and the legislative put into law,WE STATE EMPOLYEES have NOT received a COST OF LIVING in 5 yrs. but yet you have persons on your TEAM that are DOUBLE DIPPING Go Figure
  • by Harold Location: Tallahassee on Jan 21, 2011 at 03:24 AM
    Well, they can simply double DMV fees again. Best of all, they can keep their plastic grins as they announce "No New Taxes" as they do it.
  • by bill Location: jasper on Jan 21, 2011 at 03:10 AM
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