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Gaetz: Sequester creating budget uncertainty in Florida

Senate President Don Gaetz said the federal sequester is causing problems for Florida lawmakers as they try to build a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. People may argue the financial impact of sequestration and what should be done to avoid it, but it is already having real consequences, he said.

"What's not debatable is that sequestration has created a sense of uncertaintly and instability in sectors of the Florida economy," Gaetz, a Niceville Republican, said during a speech at the Capitol Tiger Bay Club meeting today.

Gaetz noted there are five military bases in the Panhandle region he represents. Directly and indirectly, the defense and aerospace industries employs thousands of people who are already being furloughed and could face layoffs, he said.

Calling the sequester "the cloud that hangs over both the governor and the Legislature and all the budget assumptions," Geatz said he hopes Congress and President Barack Obama can find a way to agree on a long-term solution.

"My greatest fear is that they will kick the can down the road another three or six months," he said.

Gaetz's comments about the political gridlock in Washington led one Tiger Bay member to ask the Senate president if he was eyeing higher office. Gaetz said he's focused solely on his current role. "I have no aspirations to run for governor or any other office."

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Glen

Way to go Gaetz, You sound like Obama with your doom and gloom predictions from a little 2 percent budget sequester.
Neo-con psudo-conservative. go away.

whasup

Uncertainty is what the federal government will give us for the foreseeable future: short, medium, and long term. Get used to it, Gaetz.

The sequester was a bad idea when Obama proposed it, and a stupid deal for the Republicans to accept. It makes a study on the sex lives of some obscure frog as important to the nation as funding for air traffic control or military base security.

The cuts should be larger, and actually targeted based on what the nation truly needs ... not based on buying votes from government dependents.

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