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Senator to Miami-Dade: Don't cut our budget to save money

Sen. Frederica Wilson, the chair of the Miami-Dade legislative delegation, sent a letter to Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez today that protests a recommendation to slash the more than $262,000 that now goes to pay the expenses of the county delegation office.

"While we understand the County is faced with cutting $224 million due to property tax relief...we are at a complete loss as to why the office that is a direct link to the County and the Legislature is proposed for elimination,'' writes Wilson. Wilson's alternative is to have the county pare back funding for the office to what it was in 2002, which was $190,304.

Wilson, who has requested a meeting with Alvarez to discuss the cut, said that in this time of state budget cuts "the county needs the direct link more now than ever" and called the elimination of the delegation office "inconceivable." Letter here: Download wilson_letter.doc



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GOP Girl

In a letter to Mayor Alvarez, Senator Frederica Wilson said, "when making your budget cuts, do not include anything that may impact me."

Here's a solution: Each delegation chair receives an extra staffer to help coordinate the delegation activities.

Typical Freddy Wilson arrogance, and typical Miami legislators' "holier than thou" attitude. Disgusting. I say eliminate all delegation offices state-wide. And start with the Miami one. Hell, the lady that runs it is stuck up Villalobos' and his aide's a@# most of the time anyway.

Typical Freddy Wilson arrogance, and typical Miami legislators' "holier than thou" attitude. Disgusting. I say eliminate all delegation offices state-wide. And start with the Miami one. Hell, the lady that runs it is stuck up Villalobos' and his aide's a@# most of the time anyway.

County is cutting off its nose... the benefit of the delegation office is for the county (and to an extent legislators). What will the county do in response - hire more lobbyists? If Dade goes through with this, they deserve not getting many of their local bills through the process - especially after Rubio leaves.

As far as I can see it is the savvy and tenacity of the Miami-Dade members that get bills through the process...not the delegation office and staff.

No need to hire lobbyist...the members Miami Delegation are the lobbyist for Miami-Dade. They run on a platform to help their distrits.

mike

First of all, Miami-Dade County (due to it's Home Rule Charter) does not have any "Local Bills".

Second, half of the County Commission couldn't pick the delegation director out of a line-up. (So much for it benefiting the commission)

Third. If you have to make budget cuts, would you cut an activity that serves residents, or an office that simply serves legislators?

The budget for the delegation office is over $250,000. That equates to 4 additional firefighters or police officers, 50,000 meals for the elderly.

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