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Special Session Underway

October 3rd, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Florida Lawmakers are back in Tallahassee today for the beginning of a ten day special session to cut the budget. While the focus is on the budget, Mike Vasilinda tells us there is also maneuvering on property taxes and saving the no fault auto insurance program.

Hear it Here: Session Underway

This is the third special session of the year.

A fourth is yet to come.

This time, lawmakers will cut a billion dollars from the state.  Schools will lose less than 2 percent. The Governor says that can be done without hurting the classroom.  “Now, maybe administration, is a different thing.” says the Governor

Even with a billion dollar cut, most state agencies will still have more money than they had last year…..their increase just won’t be as big. College students could also see a 5% tuition hike in January…although the governor is leaning towards a veto.  “I know people have had to pay more for property taxes and property insurance,” says Crist, “and I don’t want to burden them anymore…I mean, my heart bleeds for the people. So, Um but some very smart people are giving me good advice.”

There are also plans to tackle no fault auto insurance. Florida’s law expired Monday and there is a special interest food fight over reenacting the law.  Sen Steve Geller says anything could happen “Ever watch the juggler go from three balls to four balls. We’re at five up in the air now with PIP. There are so many different options out there, that anybody who tells you they know what’s going to happen is lying.”

Behind the scenes, major discussion on what to do about property taxes. As soon as this session is over, Legislators will be back almost immediately to tackle the tax issue.

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