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Crist and Legislature send out budget cut orders

The budget offices of Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Legislature today sent out instructions to state agencies asking them to prepare recommendations on how to cut spending by as much as 10 percent. The letter states that the state will collect anywhere from $800 million to $1 billion less than initially forecast for the 2007-08 budget year that starts Sunday. The new state budget is roughly $71.5 billion.

The letter says that such a "reduction" in revenues will not be "manageable" in subsequent years without a reduction in spending and that agencies should assume a "minimum" cut of 4 percent in recurring general revenue appropriations both this year and next year. To help achieve that goal agencies will receive 24 percent of their appropriated money for each quarter, not the usual 25 percent. Furthermore, the letter says agencies should "take responsible action" to reduce discretionary spending, such as travel and equipment, and fill only "essential vacant positions."

Here's a copy of the initial budget memo: Download 6.29.2007 Agency Budgets Memo.pdf

Here's a copy of the detailed instructions spelling out the 10 percent reduction plans agencies must come up with by August 8: Download 6.29.2007 Agency Budgets Schedule VIIIB.pdf

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BadBob

How does this action jive with the promise to hold the public schools harmless from the $7.1 billion tax cut which would result if the citizens pass the Constitutional Amendment in January? The Governor and Legislature promised two weeks ago to hold school children harmless from these cuts, and at the same time, they knew that they couldn't even meet the budget that they had just passed for the current year. How can the "People's Governor" get a free pass when he kept this important information to himself just long enough to get the property tax special session ended. It feels like the same "ends justifies the means" mentality that we have been dealing with for years.

luke davis

THE FOUR MAJOR STATES SUFFERING SHORTFALLS IS A RESULT OF THE TWO MAJOR PARTIES GAMEPLAYING IN THE SMALL STATES WITH THREE CONGRESSMEN PARTICULARLY NORTH DAKOTA. THE STATE IS REPUBLICAN AND THE CONGRESSMAN ARE DEMOCRATS. ND GOVERNMENT AND ND AGRICULTURE ARE NOT MAKING A PROFIT AND ARE SUBSIDIZED BY FEDERAL DOLLARS FROM STATES SUFFERING SHORTFALLS. THE ONLY OTHER ND INDUSTRY IS SERVICE. MOST ND AGENCIES ARE USING FEDERAL GRANT DOLLARS TO PAY FOR SERVICES THAT BY LAW SHOULD BE PAID FOR OUT OF STATE FUNDS. ND AGENCIES ALSO CHARGE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR SERVICES THEY ARE NOT PERFORMING. ND AGENCIES ALONG WITH NON-PROFITS ARE REFUSING SERVICES TO QUALIFIED APPLICANTS IN VIOLATION OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS PROVISION OF THEIR FEDERAL GRANTS. THE NATIONAL PARTIES FOR THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATS ARE FULLY AWARE OF THIS GAME PLAYING AT THE EXPENSE OF CA. FL. NY. AND TX.

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