Florida Budget Deficit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom says
Gov. Charlie Crist should suggest ways to offset items he vetoes in
a deficit-elimination package.

Crist made his strongest comments so far Thursday about plans
next week to veto some items, particularly cuts that forced layoffs
of 66 probation officers and a reduction in teacher bonuses.

Sansom, a Republican from Destin, said he hopes Crist will
propose offsets when he presents his recommendations for the next
state budget.

Both spoke at the annual legislative planning meeting hosted by
The Associated Press.

Senate President Jeff Atwater, a North Palm Beach Republican,
said he and Sansom would grant Crist's request to delay his budget
recommendations by 18 days until Feb. 20 due to the deficit

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