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Some Dont 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 Governors assessment. As Whitney Ray tells us, some struggling Floridians say the picture isnt as great as the Governor paints it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

If 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, 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 didnt focus on the states struggles in the State of the State speech, he did urge lawmaker to look to rainy day funds to balance the budget. The suggestion isnt sitting some members of his own party, including Speaker of the House Marco Rubio.

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