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Governor Says Property Tax Cut Won’t Hurt Schools

January 17th, 2008 by flanews

Governor Charlie Crist has added a new wrinkle to the property tax cut battle.  He says schools won’t be hurt if voters pass Amendment One on January 29th.  The governor unveiled his education budget proposal, calling for a billion more dollars in K through 12 spending.  As Chris Casquejo tells us, lawmakers will have the final word.

Hear it here: Governor Says Property Tax Cut Won’t Hurt Schools

Educators have come out strongly against the proposed property tax cut amendment.  A coalition of groups believes that schools could lose $1.5 billion over 5 years if the amendment passes.  Governor Charlie Crist is trying to head off those opponents.  He believes $138 million will offset the impact this year if voters pass Amendment One.

“I wanted to re-assure the teachers and the students of Florida that this administration is committed to not only fully fund education, but to enhance it by a billion dollars this year over last,” Gov. Crist said.

Among the proposals, an increase in funding per student of about $400, $467 million dollars for teacher bonuses and $847 million for new teachers and classrooms.

Lawmakers say they’ll consider the governor’s recommendations.  But what happens with the budget, is ultimately in their hands.

Some Democratic legislators appreciate the governor’s efforts, but say his numbers don’t add up.

“This does not go far enough in terms of approaching what is needed for public education and the significant impact, that if it passes, the property tax amendment would have,” said Rep.  Curtis Richardson of Tallahassee.

Lawmakers know that they’re in for some tough choices.  They’re already being asked to cut more than $2 billion from the budget.

By law, the governor has to release his full budget recommendations to lawmakers by February 4th.

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