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Lawmakers Square Off Over Budget

November 18th, 2008 by flanews

State lawmakers were sworn into office this morning and already a line has been drawn in the sand over how to balance the budget. Democratic lawmakers say cutting more funds from education and eliminating state jobs are not options, but as Whitney Ray tells us, across the aisle lawmakers say nothing is off the table.

Hear it Here: Lawmakers Square Off Over Budget

The Florida House and Senate swore in members, named new leadership, and addressed the problems facing the state.

Members we have our work cut out for us, Speaker of the House Ray Sansom told members Tuesday morning.

The problem is about to get worse. By the end of the week state economists are expected to announce another billion dollar budget shortfall. Floridas Chief Financial Officer has been calling for a special session, saying lawmakers need to handle this years budget problems as soon as possible.

If lawmakers are called back to Tallahassee to balance the budget, Senate Minority Leader Al Lawson says hell fight to keep education off the chopping block. Republican Lawmakers say nothing is off the table.

I dont want to say that anything is immune from cuts at this point, I think its too early to say that. We values education and will protect it as much as we can, said Republican House Representative Will Weatherford.

And how much education will be protected will be left up the Republican led legislature, which has had more of an appetite for cutting the budget than raising taxes. The governor is still waiting for state economists to release their official budget predictions this Friday, before he makes up his minds on a special session.

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