Crist Releases Fla. Budget Recommendations

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Crist wants to spend $31.2 billion on education. That includes spending $7,044 per student for those in kindergarten through 12th grade.
He also called on the Legislature to approve a compact between
the state and the Seminole Indians that would allow the tribal
casinos to offer blackjack and other card games.
The tribe has paid $75 million since the compact was signed in
2007, and will pay another $62.5 million during the remainder of
this fiscal year. Crist says the tribe is projected to pay $129
million in fiscal year 2010-11, and at least $100 million in
2011-12.
The Legislature will consider the plan during its session, which
begins March 2.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Gov. Charlie Crist is set to release his budget recommendations to the Florida Legislature after an 18-day delay.

Legislative leaders agreed to let Crist hold off until Friday so he'd have time to include federal stimulus dollars Congress approved last week and assess the effects of a deficit-reduction package state lawmakers passed last month.

Crist already has said he doesn't think new taxes will be needed due in part to about $12 billion in federal stimulus money the state expects over the next two years.

The governor also is counting on millions Florida would get from the Seminole Indians if lawmakers approve expanded gambling at tribal casinos.


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