Florida. Senate votes for big budget cuts

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE -- State spending would drop by about $4 billion under a budget approved by the Florida Senate.

The chamber voted 33-6 for its 69.8 billion spending bill Thursday. The House was set to vote on its version later in the day.

The two Republican-controlled chambers next week will begin trying to resolve their differences during the remaining month of the legislative session.

Both budgets would cut nearly every area of state spending including education, health care and environmental protection. They also would effectively cut public employee wages by about 3 percent in most cases and increase tuition for college and university students.

The Senate's budget is $3.3 billion higher than the House's $66.5 billion plan. The bottom line variation is due mainly to bookkeeping differences.


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  • by BULL Location: FL. on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    I LISTED SEVERAL POST DURNING THE CAMPAIGN. THE ONE MOST NOTIABLE. IF YOU HAVE A RATTLE SNAKE AND A WILD DOG YOU CAN TAME A DOG BUT THE RATTLER WILL BITE YOU EVERYTIME YOU GET CLOSE TO HIM.
  • by MikeFL Location: Crestview on Apr 13, 2011 at 10:39 AM
    You go Bill! Why is it that the majority of the time when a "cut" is required of business (or government) the lowest paid or smallest voiced group is hit hardest? Top heavy organizations are known for cutting off the very roots that feed them. Do leaders REALLY need leather high back chairs and mahogany office furniture? Really? Why not fix the handouts and under-the-table deals that burden the system's finances? Why cut off benefits yet not cut those departments that are causing the waste to begin with? Close the holes that allow staffers to slip their friends and networkers into the system of payouts. Ensure that ONLY people in need get support. It can be done. It can be efficient. Stop the outsider surveys and committees that are sent on "witch hunts". Use the data that is (and has been) already in place. Consult the front line workers about where the money goes to. AND lost time due to mounds of paperwork that only feeds the system to add internal jobs. Gov. Scott is a business man. Don't throw out the baby with the bath water Sir.
  • by Bill Location: Panama City on Apr 11, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    When Rick Scott and his proposed budget cuts gets passed and they cut the Health Departments budget, the hospital E.R.'s will fill up with people that can't get help at the Health Dept. People that have served the community as a state worker at the BCHD have not had raises in 6 years and underpaid as it is. They need to cut jobs from those that are makeing the 6 figures and ride in the fancy planes. I voted for Rick Scott, but I never will again.
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