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Crist’s Budget: Easy Way Out or Only Way Out?

February 7th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

House leaders in Tallahassee are challenging Governor Charlie Crist’s reliance on more than a 150 million dollars from gambling to fund the state budget. House Speaker Marco Rubio told business leaders the gambling money ”was the easy way out”. Crist, however, says his use of funds from a compact with the Seminole tribe was prudent.

“I think we put forward a responsible budget that contemplates the fact that we want to support education and the most vulnerable among us,” Crist said.

-Are you concerned that there seems to be a wide lack of support for that sort of thing, among, at least House Republicans?

“I’m not that concerned,” Crist said.

The House and Senate filed suit in the Supreme Court, arguing the governor had no authority to allow the Tribe to engage in gambling that was illegal anywhere else in Florida.

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