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House panel OK’s stark budget

by 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.

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5 Responses to “House panel OK’s stark budget”

  1. beware of consequences Says:

    Surprise, surprise! Reps. wanting to cut benefits to the poor and down-troden. Sound like business as usual for our Repuklin senate that cares only about the rich getting richer. No more middle class now. Hope this all comes back to smaack you in the face.

  2. Educator Says:

    OK, so you send 5245 people home on a forced early retirement and let them begin taking their taxpayer-funded pensions. What have the politicians accomplished? They probably should have (and could have) retired long ago but its tough to let go of the sweet government teat. Best of luck to all.

  3. ReBeL Says:

    “Dick” scott is at it again. The let’s get to work as*h*l* takes away jobs from the regular folks and increase the number of employees and salaries of the governor’s office. Thanks for screwing our state.

  4. Fed Up Says:

    Where are the new jobs? It seems Gov Scott is running in the negatives.

  5. peanut Says:

    to teacher: I wish I could take you along to see what real work is. The majority of state workers are way overworked and underpaid. We have to break wage and hour laws in order to begin to keep up with jobs. No overtime no matter how much work is required. Then when anything bad happens, it is the workers fault. SEE CHILD ABUSE NEWS if you don’t believe me.

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