FL Special Session Begins Today

A special session starts today and legislators are searching for areas to carve $2.3 billion from the current state budget.

The two-week session was brought on by the economic

They fear a deficit of nearly $4 billion could come in the next fiscal year that begins July 1, 2009, resulting in even fewer health benefits
for the poor and more overcrowding in a state prison system that
already houses more than 100,000 criminals.

The deepening recession is also increasing demand for Medicaid,
unemployment benefits and food stamps.

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  • by Bill on Jan 5, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    We have a lottery in Florida, hello, use advertising money for the budget instead. Cut a little fat off the lottery winnings to help. Spread it all over the state and tourist who purchase a ticket. Instead we want to raise taxes, new fees, ect.. Cut the fat off the budget, we can do that then let our good old lottery help. They should have to pay for all the time I have spent while people try to pick tickets. I guess it's like carrying a bucket of water across the desert and trying to decide where and how long before you can find a bottled water. The lottery was supposed to help education, but remember that they cut the general budgets of school boards to offset the lottery money, so we need to use the money, I'm tired of paying more more more.
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