Alex Sink has stood up again to call more emphatically for a special session to deal with the budget shortfall. We don’t have much time to wait.The Chiles fund took a hit from the same Bush economy that all of us have been hit by and there is even less money to borrow than before. The Buzz has this quote from her on the urgency of the session:
The time is now. The election is over and we know who the new legislators are … the time to act and a build a plan of action is right now.
There is no question that the session is needed. Alex is doing her job as CFO, watching our for our money in Tallahassee — now its time for the legislature to get to work.
One of our best Democratic leaders, Dan Gelber is ready to get to work, as he says in a must read blog post titled “Florida’s freefall isn’t going away.” He says:
To put it in more basic terms, our state’s cash flow resembles a family teetering on the edge of financial chaos. A family that can no longer meet its core needs of shelter, food and basic necessities. So in order to pay for expenses, the parents are paying for their utility bills on their credit cards, spending down the kids’ college funds, and not going to the dentist and doctor to take care of nagging health care issues that will only worsen.
Even Ray Sansom is close to being ready to get to work on the budget, as we noted just hours ago.
Charlie Crist’s response to the budget shortfall and special session: [crickets]