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Tough decisions now will make a better Florida later

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By The Staff

As many of you know, the legislature recently met in a special session to make significant cuts to the state’s budget for the current fiscal year. This special session was called as a direct result of the economic downturn our nation, our state and our individual communities have all been experiencing. This downturn led to subsequent cuts to many programs and it will definitely shape the policies we implement, as well as the final budget we pass during the upcoming regular session.

It isn’t an easy task to maintain a balanced budget, which is mandated by our constitution. When state revenues are dramatically down it requires either cutting funding to departments and programs or raising taxes. Many of my colleagues and I felt that now was not the time to further burden Florida’s families and businesses with additional taxes. No single solution will be able to resolve the deficit we are facing this spring. However, by making reductions in spending and using reserve funds, we have been able to steer clear of tax hikes and also were allowed to avoid major reductions to essential programs.


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