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February 8th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

Balancing the budget: Gov. Rick Scott wants to slash $5 billion in spending

In an effort to eliminate deficits, governors across the country are proposing state budgets with spending cuts and almost no new taxes.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, a newly elected Republican, is following suit. Gov. Scott has issued a state budget that cuts $5 billion in spending and overhauls public employee pensions. Gov. Scott calls his plan the "7-7-7 plan"– 7 steps to get 700,000 jobs back in Florida in 7 years– and explains it to T.J. Holmes on American Morning.

Filed under: Economy • Politics
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  1. Zenda Swearengin

    Gov. Scott is really not even telling one-half of the pension story. State workers, including teachers are required to participate, that is why we make no contributions. The program used to be different and then the state changed the whole system and in my case, I work in the lowest paid teacher county in the state. My county might give a 1% raise this year and he will take 5%. Also, the State of Florida makes money on the DROP program and has in the past as much as 8% and he does not want anyone to know. He wants to act like he is really doing everyone a favor. Cutting property taxes, hurts education, becasue a substantial amount of property taxces are used to fund education. We are already hurting and the legialture is not concerned about any of this. They aslo have a bill coming forward to take away tenure from teachers adn make 50% of our saleries based on stduent achievemnet. The issues is not really bad teachers, it is really the attitude of stduents who do not really care about all of this and th4e lack of parental involvvement or excuses foir students made by the grown-ups. In our county , we have a Union, administrations are responsible for starting the process of getting rid of bad teachers. Last year in our county, there were only three situations when action was taken. Please do the research across the country, the sooth sayers are wrong about what is wrong with education. Not teaching kids music and arts has lots to do with their inability to think and test well. We have ignored 60 years worth of positive documentation.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  2. Charlie S

    We'll see how this pans out... but I have a hunch if they pass this budget, Florida will be blue in 2012.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  3. Dennis Bubla

    In Tx Gov Perry is slashing, and along with it 100K teachers; 10K in San Antonio alone!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:08 am |