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Some Donít Share Crist View of State of the State

March 5th, 2008 by flanews

Despite a failing economy and a dwindling state budget, Governor Charlie Crist says the state of Florida is strong. Some Lawmakers disagree with the Governorís assessment. As Whitney Ray tells us, some struggling Floridians say the picture isnít as great as the Governor paints it.

Hear it here: Some Donít Share Crist View on State of the State

Governor Charlie Crist says the State of the State is strong. Crist admits heís being optimistic, but others arenít buying it. The struggle hits closer to home for mother Jessica Harding who is feeling the pain at the pump.

ďItís getting harder especially being low income, its getting harder to get everything you need,Ē Harding said.

While legislative members of the Governorís own party donít think heís out of touch, they say heís not giving them enough solutions. Legislative leaders have a less optimistic outlook and said darker days are ahead.

ďThereís not reason to believe that Floridaís economy is going to rebound faster than the national economy because of our reliance on real estate construction and growth,Ē said Speaker of the House Marco Rubio.

Political Science Professor Carol Weissert said the Governorís view of the glass half-full isnít any more out of touch than naysayers who see it half empty.

ďIf you saw the democratic responses, they were the more doom and gloom side as well, so some where in between probably where we really are,Ē said Weissert.

Regardless of the message, the real work is underway, as lawmakers focus on balancing the budget and finding financial relief for Floridians. While Governor Crist didnít focus on the stateís struggles in the State of the State speech, he did urge lawmaker to look to rainy day funds to balance the budget. The suggestion isnít sitting some members of his own party, including Speaker of the House Marco Rubio.

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