Alex Sink called for a special session, and here at DraftAlex, we’re backing her up.
In case you don’t know about the myriad of projects that would be cut or just deleted from the state budget, you can go online to the Florida Fiscal Portal and check it out. Each state agency has submitted their proposed cuts, which can be seen under Sechedule VIIB-2, in order to comply with the additional 10% of the across the board budget cuts asked for by Charlie.
Here’s a few that chafed my ass the most:
- No more Amber alerts or sexual predator unit
- Eliminate 13 state law enforcement offices from Broward to Gainsville
- Reduction of probation supervision by 40% making the probation officer to parolee ration 1:196
- Cut contracts that improve nursing homes and organ and tissue donation programs
- Eliminate health coverage for poor pregnant mothers and their kids
- Eliminate vision, hearing, and dental appointments from Medicare
- Dramatically reduced support for Pre-K
- Significant reduction in investigative services and child protection at DCFS
- $65 Million in funding shifts in Medicare to local governments who don’t have the money either
- Reduction of unemployment services for over 88,000 Floridans out-of-work including closing 10 centers
and the kicker: From the Office of the Governor, eliminate 10 budget workers.
At least a lot of this has to be approved by the legislature, although that means we have to count on them to stand up for us.
On Friday, Charlie said, “These are historically challenging economic times our state is facing, but just like Florida’s families, we will continue to tighten our belts and live within our means.”
Are you kidding me? This isn’t just about tightening the state’s belt, this is about not getting the water shut off.
Oh, and if you haven’t yet, sign our petition to call for a special session to back up Alex and other state Democrats.