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Worst budget year and ideology drives GOP cuts

by John Kennedy | March 6th, 2011

Facing the worst budget year in memory, new Republican Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-packed Florida Legislature begin the 2011 session this week, pledging to slash spending and make good on campaign pledges that powered them last fall.

With the approach of the opening day Tuesday, unions, teachers and scores of groups in the cross hairs of budget cuts have been rallying against Scott and fellow Republican leaders who, in turn, are pulling support from tea party loyalists eager to shrink government.

Though it hasn’t commanded the national attention of Wisconsin and other partisan battlegrounds, purple state Florida is in for a bruising spring, with lawmakers looking to close a $3.6 billion budget hole and revive an economy flat-lined by an almost 12 percent jobless rate.

“Priority number one is the budget,” said House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park. “Everything else is number two.”

But it’s not a simple numbers game.

Political ideology is shading most of the exchanges between Republicans in power and Democrats pushed to Florida’s fringe by the November elections.

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4 Responses to “Worst budget year and ideology drives GOP cuts”

  1. Great Tea Day Says:

    Gov Scott is doing a great job!!

    Responsible Americans agree: government spending must be pared back.

    We Tea Partiers will be cheering from the sidelines as Our Champion Scott courageously battles to reduce wasteful government spending.

    These are Great Days to be a Floridian! =)

  2. Biill Neubauer Says:

    The trouble is that in Florida and the whole nation, relatively few (mostly Tea Partiers) still can’t come to grips with the fact that “the cupboard is bare.”
    It’s fascinating–EVERY person or agency who cries to his/her government for help makes a good tear-jerking defense of his specialty. What none of them understands is that there just isn’t the money there used to be. Why can’t they understand that?
    Dick Durbin was interviewed on Fox Sunday and kept doing the above, screaming that all the expenses were too important to cut. He didn’t offer a single cut that he could support. Why do we elect people that dense to public office?

  3. Eric Says:

    The cupboard isn’t just bare, it’s been pawned!

    If the nation DOUBLED all corporate and personal income taxes, our current budget still wouldn’t be balanced. The Federal government has $14 Trillion in debt, and at least another $60 Trillion in unfunded liabilities. We’re so far past “flat broke” that the FED now buys the majority of Treasury notes with QE2 money created from thin air!

  4. Scott Says:

    It is only a great day to be a Floridian if you are a rich Floridian. If you are a public servant who will probably have his pay cut so far that living in Florida may not even be possible anymore then it is a sad day. There are other things to cut than Education and Police and Fire. How about the Governors budget, oh that’s right he is increasing that by $343 million. How about getting rid of the 25000 homestead exemption that only hurt the state.

    I agree with cutting spending, but it has to be more gradual so as not to only benefit the rich and hurt the middle and lower classes.

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