Lawmakers Move Closer to Budget Agreement

Members of the joint budget conference worked over the weekend.

Now they’re putting the final touches on the 69 billion dollars state spending plan.

So far cuts to state worker benefits, mental health services, and a program to prevent child abuse are some of the biggest casualties.

Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon says the state will be paying for the cuts to the child abuse prevention program for years to come.

“We can not come back and pick up these lives a year from now or two years from now when the economy gets better because these are folks who are going to be permanently injured.” Said Sheldon.

The legislature must have a budget agreement before midnight Tuesday in order to take a vote before the scheduled end of session Friday.

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  • by Stephen on Apr 27, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    Amen in regards to what Elizabeth and ApacheTomcat. Our elected officals are a joke. Vote them all out in 2010 and 2012.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahassee on Apr 27, 2010 at 05:51 AM
    Do I hear a AMEN for what Apache Tomcat says????? my thoughts also,great minds think alike. But,no the dumb bunnies that spend three months making laws don't TOUCH MY MONIES. go figure
  • by anon Location: here on Apr 27, 2010 at 03:06 AM
    My future votes on state house & senate races will be based on who voted to cut what in this budget and hope many others will do the same. It has been said the best way to judge a society is how it treats the most vunerable and these cuts show badly on this current Republican majority. Time has come for the electorate to impose term limits in the voting booth on incumbents.
  • by ApacheTomcat Location: perry fl on Apr 26, 2010 at 08:24 PM
    Why can't these lawmakers,state house,and senateors cut their salaries to make the budget.After all they make as much money as they desire,any old way they can
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