On Tuesday, legislators will meet in Tallahassee to do all the routine things that follow an election. They’ll don a new suit, swear in their new members, officially elect their officers, and probably attend a party or two.
But, as the Pensacola News-Journal points out, this presents an opportunity for our legislators to informally discuss (read: lobby) the state budget crisis.
Republicans will argue that a special session shouldn’t be called until after the November 21 report and probably several days after that is reviewed- leaving the special session for January if not later. But, the pressure should be applied this week. Democratic members should pressure their Republican friends to call for a special session themselves; don’t wait for Cheerleader Charlie to do it for them.
Like DraftAlex wrote yesterday, real, important programs are at risk now, not just from more cuts, but from existence. Let me leave you with this nuggt from Republican Don Gaetz of Niceville
There has to be a major downsizing of government. Agencies have to go away.. We need to look at the elimination of agencies as opposed to telling people in nursing homes we’re going to thin their soup by another 4 percent.”
Join DraftAlex in calling for a special session.