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Highlights of Gov. Rick Scott's budget here

Here are highlights of Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $65 billion budget

Education
* Cuts the education budget by $4.8 billion by slashing $703 in per pupil spending. That money would be offset the first year by $403 per student with one-time federal money; the cut is a 10 percent reduction in this year's $6,899 in per-pupil spending.
* Increases the amount spent on private school vouchers by $250 million in 2012.

State workers
* Cuts 8,600 jobs statewide, 7.3 percent of the workforce
* All 655,000 school district employees, state and county workers in the Florida Retirement System would be required to contribute 5 percent of their salaries to the state pension fund beginning July 1, 2011, saving $2.8 billion over two years.
* Beginning in July 2012, all state employees would receive $5,000 in health insurance regardless of family size.

Medicaid
* Proposes $3 billion in reductions over two years, including $1 billion in cuts to provider reimbursement rates. Savings are expected by receiving federal approval to transfer all 3 million Medicaid patients into a managed care program which would control costs and crack down on fraud.

Prisons
* Proposes eliminating 1,690 employees from Department of Corrections by closing two prisons.
Corrections houses more than 100,000 inmates in 146 facilities, employing 18,200 employees.

Property Taxes
* State-set school property taxes would be cut by $1 billion over two years. Scott had pledged a $1.4 billion cut in the first year, but is phasing in a lesser tax cut over two years.
* Water management districts would be asked to take a 25 percent reducting in their annual property tax levy for two years, contributing $178 million and school districts would be expected to rollback taxes $507 million in first year.

Corporate Income Tax
* Corporate income tax would drop from 5.5 percent to 3 percent in 2011-12 and be phased out by 2018.* * The first year savings would be $458 million statewide.

Fees
* Motor vehicle fees would be scaled back, saving $235 million.

Environment
* The Department of Community Affairs would be merged with the Department of Environmental Protection, eliminating 530 jobs over two years. DCA staff will decrease to 40 employees within two years; budget drops to $70 million.

Children and Disabled
* Department of Children and Families would lose 1800 staff positions and $178 million.
* Agency for Person Disabilities decreases in size by 155 positions and $173 million, a 17 percent cut.

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Gatehouse Academy Review

I support Governor Scott as he works for the betterment of all Floridians. The result of electing any public official is that you support what they say they believe in & will work toward while they are in their respective offices.

Bitter Civil Servent

It's difficult for me to agree with his changes, especially the loss of 5% of my state salary. Considering, state workers having been given a pay increase in over six years.

Florida Woman

I own a home and a corporation in this State. But my elderly parents, family who are State employees, children in public schools, and daughter with disabilities are all FAR more important to me. This proposed budget is proof that Scott is not fit for managing government - which is why I did not vote for him. Hopefully Dean Cannon's committee will keep the system of checks and balances balanced.

nguyen

People drank his kook-aid. He was purposely vague about how he would fix the budget during campaigns....and this is exactly why. I bet people who voted for him are kicking themselves. And those who say it's great...will they say that when a state income tax is proposed?

CL Jahn

Too many drooling idiots ignored how singularly unqualified he is to hold public office, and voted the party line instead of voting intelligently. I blame Frank Paruas, who admitted he voted Republican instead of choosing a good candidate.

Missing Lawnton Chiles

Let me get this straight...the plan is to assign corporations more fiscal benefits while we take benefits and resources away from disabled persons, our children's education, abused children, and dedicated civil servants who already work for less than the private sector could or WOULD pay--oh yeah, and get Florida back to work by cutting 8600 plus jobs. It would appear Elmer Fudd has moved into the Governor's mansion.

chris

Great Job I knew he would do the Job a true representive of the people would do. Now if he would remove most of these E B T cards from people who have 6 to 10 cards in different names for thousands of dollars of free food.please look into this some body my god I am in line so many times waiting for people who use up one card and pull out 3 or 4 more to decide which one to use next, I am paying for this. and am angry about this,honestly recertify all of them and verify the needs. C B O

WILLIAM R. SHAUVER

HI RICK, AM I CORRECT IS ASUMMING THAT FLORIDA TEACHERS CONTRIBUTE NOTHING FROM THEIR PAY CHECK TOWARD THEIR RETIREMENT? IF SO IT IS TIME THEY DID. SOMEONE SHOULD STUDY OHIO'S TEACHER PENSION PLAN WWHERE BOTH TEACHERS AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION WHERE THEY ARE EMPLOYED CONTRIBUTE (AND IT IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE NATION

 john

I voted for The Gov. and I support who was elected, and I did not vote for the president that was elected, but I support him because he was elected. I pray they both to do a great job, and I will wait and see the results of there action before I comment on how good of a job either of them have done.

ck

I find it interesting that the people who support Scott can't spell or form a complete sentence.

Starving Corrections Officer

Well I think its stupid that anyone would continue to cut the nations 3rd largest prison system in the United States 31.5 % of the nations 7,225,800 inmates are in the state of Florida. We always work at below our critical number(minimum number of officers required on shift)yet we have to work second jobs to make ends meat.We get a hard time if we call in sick,yet thanks to our new ...... Governor we cant even donate our sick time to our fellow workers.Now we get to take a 5% pay cut if we want to have a retirement?Well anyone that can read between the lines can see this is all to drive us off in favor of corporate run institutions.Well they are note government run employees so watch for the strikes, non caring employees who are there for the check if its not high enough or they dont get a raise for 6 years running they will leave so if the cutts continue i hope yall like inmates cause they will being let out to be with you instead of us

Catherine Dunn

Rick Scott is deliberately going after the low income,elderly,disabled people of Florida.It looks like he wanted to be King Scott. How does a newly elected govenor decide single handed to derail a high speed rail system, when the people who voted for him also voted for the high speed rail. I guess voters will not have a say in how Florida is run? Our education system is ll ready a diaster, but we should cut spending. State workers are at the bottom of the pay scale all ready and now we should take 5% of their salary for retirement? They should collect food stamps to subsidze their meager wages. Yep Scott is not what Florida needs. Some one with intelligence and concern for all of the people of Florida. Glad I did not vote for him. (Proud to say it)

M

Maybe Mr. Scott should watch this video: It is pretty spot on regarding our jobs that he wants to cut: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfm_upp_c40

Debra

Rick Scott said he would cut the budget. how did you expect him to do it? by doing nothing? By spending more, like on some pet project? let him do what he thinks would help. We are just a bunch of people who sit at our computers.

Ron Tosi

WHERE ARE THE JOB'S. PEOPLE DO GET WHAT THEY DESERVE> WISH I COULD SELL MY HOME. SUROUNDED BY EMPTIES.

Heather Muniz

Shameful...Thats what this budget is!

Tony Petras

As a self-employed businessman,I have seen job loss,pay-cut backs,and any benefits I have I have to pay for.When times are GOOD nobody looks at the wastefull state budgets,which I have personaly seen.Right now times are LEAN and we need a business man in office to try to get back to reality budget numbers.The burden has always been on the middle-class,blue-collar worker to pay for all the short falls.Let Governor Scott do his job,and we'll see were the chips fall.

JG

First off, how did we become such a big bunch of "It's the Government's job" slackers? Hey Einsteins, WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT!!! Teachers: Shut up and teach! Pay at least part of your pension, and get rid of the idiots in the classrooms around our state that pretend to be real teachers! Stop hiding behind the union and if you're a good teacher, you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Times are tough, the private sector has tightened their belts and sucked it up, now Scott is forcing the public sector to do the same. I say it's about friggin' time!

Robert Guercia

Rick Scott is starting off on the rite foot. You need to get teachers to take of of there money and invest in there own retirement. And he's dropping things that are not an asset for the state. Thats good! Tell me somehting Charlie Crist did to save taxpayers money and create something that made money for the state that turned over for the private sector. Governor Rick Scott is on his way to doing things thats gonna bring all money back in to Florida.


LETS GET TO WORK!

U.S. ARMY RETIRED

HOWS DOES EVERYONE LIKE RICK SCOTT GETING RICHER OFF THE BACKS OF TAXES PAYERS AGAIN.THIS MAN SHOULD BE IN JAIL. HE TOOK THE 5TH 75 TIMES FOR THE MEDICAID AND MEDICARE FRAULD HE COMMITTED. NOW HE IS LOOKING OUT FOR HIS POCKETS AGAIN. VOTE FOR CRIME AGAIN. THIS IS CRIME AGAINST ALL OF FLORIDIANS .HE IS GOING TO PRIVATIZE EVERYTHING HE CAN, FOR WHAT? MONEY. AND HIS CORPORATE BUDDYS.IT WAS NEVER ABOUT FLORIDIANS.

U.S. ARMY RETIRED

Scott's deposition

Scott indeed did give a deposition in 2000 in which he invoked the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution 75 times. The amendment reads in part that no one "shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself."

Scott's deposition, however, was not part of the criminal fraud case being pursued by the federal government. In fact, Scott was never officially questioned during the federal criminal investigation. Instead, the case in question was a civil case involving Columbia/HCA and Nevada Communications Corp. Nevada Communications alleged that Columbia/HCA breached the terms of a communications contract.

Scott's lawyer interjected after an opposing lawyer began the deposition by asking if Scott was employed. "Under normal circumstances, Mr. Scott would be pleased to answer that question and other questions that you pose today," Scott's lawyer, Steven Steinbach, said. "Unfortunately because of the pendency of a number of criminal investigations relating to Columbia around the country, he's going to follow my advice, out of prudence, to assert his constitutional privilege against giving testimony against himself.

Scott then went on to read the same answer to every question Nevada Communications lawyers asked, even when asked if Scott is a current or former employee of Columbia/HCA -- "Upon advice of counsel, I respectfully decline to answer the questions by asserting my rights and privileges under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution."

The ad never clarifies, or tries to distinguish the deposition as being part of a civil case unconnected to the criminal investigation. It simply adds the claim into the middle of a series of claims about the criminal fraud case. On the other hand, Scott's reason for invoking the Fifth Amendment privilege was because of the criminal investigations surrounding Columbia/HCA, his lawyer said.

Retired Air Force

The hell with Governor Scott...He will leave Florida in a much worst position than when he started. Obama campaigns for Alex Sink, so people vote for Rick Scott. Congratulations, you all are f'n idiots and deserve everthing we are all getting over the next 4 years. The Republicans are doomed in the next election. Believe it!

Deanna Jones

I do not understand how you support someone who is taking more money out of the school districts. He is not creating jobs at all, there is nothing in this plan the leads me to believe he will be able to creat any jobs..Infact he is laying off people in the middle of a resession. On top of that I do even understand why he was ever elcted with all the scandle he was invovle with in medicare. This is riduclous he will leave FL in worst shape.

JUST SOME GUY

I work for the state and I have state housing. If my facility is closed, I lose my job and my house. For most people it takes months for them to lose their house after losing their job. For me, IT CAN ALL HAPPEN IN ONE DAY!

So dont feel sad when you see my family with two small children sitting along side US 27. Dont worry about me, I am just some guy.

Lets get to work.

highschool student

By a show of hands, who voted for Rick Scott? Oh, nobody? THEN WHY IS HE STILL HERE! The sooner the problem is eliminated, the sooner we can fix what he's gotten us into.

arto

I did not vote for Mr. Scott in the election. My job is taking care of disabled people in a group home and whenever there are budget cuts to these facilities it also affects the workers,but not the owners. I only get paid $8.32 per hour with no benefits and when there is a budget cut guess who feels it the most. Not the owners but the workers. Our pay is decreased to $7.50 Per hour with no benefits. I have two children and a husband at home. My husband is on social security and I work full time to make ends meet, and that is getting tougher everyday. This governor needs to be impeached because he is a a--hole for cutting back on the lower middle class. What are we supposed to do when we have problems putting food on the table because of a smaller paycheck. Can we all go on food stamps or will
we be denied that beacuse they say we make too much money, but it is not enough.

Donald C LaPiere

Gov R Scott I Thought by now U'd just be getting out of prison, but amazingly Your Governor of Florida. If that don't make U want to wave the Red White & Blue I don't know what would. Keep going in the direction Your going, I'm sure We can get U retired...

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