Senate prez ‘used to pulling all-nighters’by Dara Kam | April 25th, 2011
Stalled budget talks between the two chambers aren’t much of a concern to Senate President Mike Haridopolos, who showed up at the Senate Budget Committee this afternoon to speak in favor of a joint resolution telling Congress to balance the federal budget.
“The good news is that we are in our side-by-side spending the same amount of money and we’re not going to raise taxes or fees,” Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, said. “We’re going to be here every day working hard…We’re going to work this out.”
Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander and his House counterpart Denise Grimsley haven’t agreed on the allocations for the major areas of the state spending plan. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, said he made an offer to the House on Thursday evening but hasn’t heard back yet with just two weeks left in the 2011 legislative session.
Haridopolos said he’s not worried about finishing up on time as Alexander and his cohorts carve nearly $4 billion from last year’s budget – with no stimulus funds to help soften the cuts.
“We’ve never seen reductions like this. This is the real deal,” he said.
Haridopolos, who’s running in the U.S. Senate GOP primary, said he’s “in no rush” to hit the campaign trail and said he intends to keep up the hectic pace established since the session began.
“I’m dedicated that however long it takes we will be here, working on the weekends, late into the nights. I’m a college teacher…I’m used to pulling all-nighters. We might have to do it again here to make sure we finish. But I’m here. The Senate will be here. We’re ready to negotiate and we are negotiating,” he said.