She has asked for Crist to call a special session of the legislature to deal with the budget – and boy do we need it.
The Orlando Sentienal tells us Charlie is asking to borrow another 1.25 billion from the state trust fund that has to be paid by June and we are expecting a 3.5 billion shortfall for the next budget. That is a lot of billions of dollars that Republicans would prefer to worry about sometime next year.
“You have the ugly possibility of cutting deep into our state’s basic needs, education and services.” Dave Aaronberg told the post.
Instead of starting to work now on budget cuts and reducing spending to prevent borrowing the Republicans would prefer to go on spending the money at the same rate and worry about it next year – like the budget is some college paper they can wait until the last minute to deal with.
Alex knows it is not as simple as taking a hatchet to the budget and cutting all departments by 10%, cutting that much out of the budget isn’t easy if you want to make sure it doesn’t hurt Floridians. It will only get worse next year if we don’t start now.
Alex Sink is right – we need a special session now.