House panel OK’s stark budgetby John Kennedy | March 30th, 2011
The House budget committee OK’d a stark, $66.5 billion spending plan Wednesday which reduces the state’s workforce by 5,245 jobs and imposes wide-ranging cuts to most state programs.
The Republican-led panel approved the measure on a party-line 15-8 vote.
“It’s about the best budget we could do, given the circumstances,” said Appropriations Chair Denise Grimsley, R-Lake Placid.
But Democrats said the ruling GOP was threatening critical programs, while endangering Floridians with such efforts as privatizing prisons and probation officers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
“When the budget puts life at risk, I have an issue,” said Rep. Franklin Sands, D-Weston.