Press Release form Florida Senate Democratic Office:
TALLAHASSEE – Senate Democratic Leader Al Lawson (D-Tallahassee) on Friday, released the following statement on the governor’s proposed spending package:
“I was encouraged by the governor’s apparent commitment to those Democratic priorities we have been underlining for months now: education, health care, and job creation. Florida’s future is in severe jeopardy without that dedication to paying for those basic needs.
“I remain concerned, however, by the disconnect between the governor’s optimism and the reality we face in the Legislature. The Senate leadership gets it. They’ve acknowledged the need to examine all financial options, especially the inequities created by certain loopholes only the very wealthy get to exploit.
“At the same time Governor Crist proposes to raise fees once again on the little guy, he remains reluctant to examine the basic issue of tax fairness, and he appears willing to allow certain well heeled special interests to continue a free ride. The federal stimulus money is not a bottomless piggy bank. Like so many Florida families have already discovered, sooner or later, the money will run out.”