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Florida GOP slaps Pafford for budget vote

by John Kennedy | May 6th, 2013

With Gov. Rick Scott stopping at a Palm Beach County school Monday to tout teacher pay raises, the Florida Republican Party launched an internet strike on Democratic Rep. Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach, one of 11 lawmakers voting against the state’s proposed $74.5 billion budget.

‘Why Did Pafford vote against Governor’s budget that’s a win for public schools,’ was one of the headlines in a Florida GOP release that interlaced newspaper stories on the teacher pay raise with stinging words for Pafford.

Pafford was accused of being part of a ‘(Dis) appreciation week for teachers.’

“They apparently didn’t listen to my debate,” Pafford said Monday of the GOP criticism.

Pafford said he voted ‘no’ on the budget because it failed to adequately serve poor Floridians, the elderly and disabled. Mostly, he centered his opposition on the Legislature’s failure to expand health insurance to low-income residents, a battle that consumed much of the session and ended in a stalemate between the House and Senate.

“The budget is not plugged into the reality that exists outside this chamber,” Pafford said Friday on the House floor.

The GOP blast on Pafford came shortly after Scott toured Wynnebrook Elementary School in West Palm Beach, among a handful of school stops the governor plans to make this week. The budget includes $480 million that could give teachers a $2,500 pay raises by next June.



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8 Responses to “Florida GOP slaps Pafford for budget vote”

  1. WPB resident Says:

    Go Mark! Stand up against the GOP which pretends to support public education — but doesn’t — and just throws teachers a bone to try and get re-elected. Like you, we see through their charade! How dare Gov. Scott use public school children who have suffered under his administration, as political props!

  2. Termack Says:

    Congratulations Mark, if the repubs are against you, it is proof that you are working for the regular people. Thanks.

  3. JP Says:

    Wow – it’s no wonder our country is in the shape it’s in. WPB resident & Termack show (in superb fashion) that their whole ideology is to be exactly the opposite of whatever Republicans want or stand for.

    Never a thought about debating the issues or trying to see the other sides point of view – NOPE, none of that.

    BTW – WPB resident – I like your line about the kids, but I fixed it for you…

    How dare the president use public school children who have been killed as political props!

  4. GOP = Lousy Values Says:

    Just the usual GOP smokescreen, claiming to be in favor of something when they really are not. Hopefully there are not enough stupid people in this country to buy the GOP nonsense!

  5. OBIWAN Says:

    So… you think you voted for your representative to actually vote on the bill in question…

    … rather than stage a whining protest similar to a 3 year old?

    The voters recognize Florida needs and responded this past 14 years with a solidly Republican super majority. That assures the will of those voters is accomplished.

    Even then, the modest accomplishments the past four years are notable. Not since former House Speaker Marco Rubio energized that body have we seen really good stuff!

    Still, he couldn’t get the Trial Lawyers to concede his 6% Sales Tax WITH NO EXEMPTIONS to solve our ludicrous residential property tax and a more sound future consumption tax base!

  6. Searcher1 Says:

    Finally someone stands up to the GOP. Good for him, the GOP only looks out for businesses……

  7. Fed Up Says:

    Mark Pafford is the best; he stands for the people. Mark Pafford for governor.

  8. Thomas Says:

    The GOP keeps pleading for bi-partisanship, which means, every agree with the GOP or you’re wrong. Weatherford and his group need to hit the road, and the sooner the better. Florida’s GOP still can’t handle the loss of their cheif puppet, Mitt.

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