Florida House passes budget without Democrat support
From the Buzz:
The Florida House on Thursday passed its budget proposal for 2012-13, putting the lower house far ahead of the Senate in the appropriations process.
“This is a budget that meets the state’s needs, and only takes reductions where reductions can be withstood,” said Rep. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
The final 79-38 vote, not surprisingly, fell along party lines. (Rep. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, called the proposal half-witted, halfhearted “and one more half-word that I can’t say on the floor of the House.”)
Democrats were particularly critical of the plan for education spending, which adds $1.179 billion to public schools.