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Is it raining yet?



Tb_strike The Florida Education Association argues that it if it isn't, it soon will be in Tallahassee - at least metaphorically speaking - when talking about the state budget.

So this afternoon, FEA president Andy Ford will have a press conference to talk about how bad it is. He'll be the guy under the umbrellas.

The teachers association sent out a few snippets from Ford's speech in advance, so we can get a sneak peek at how stormy the skies are in its forecast. Hint: He calls for the Legislature to tap into its "rainy day" reserves.

"We Floridians are used to seasonal storms. But the storm we're here to talk to you about today isn't a force of nature. It's a product of stubbornness and election year politics. We've seen it coming for a year and it's totally preventable.

Yes, we understand that economic conditions have caused the state to lose anticipated revenues. We also understand that Floridians are hurting – not only because of the bad economy, but also because of an unfair tax system that pits Floridians against each other – some pay too little in taxes, some pay far too much … and it's just right for nobody.

Though it doesn't appear that the unfairness of the tax system will be fixed any time soon, we can help alleviate the negative impacts of the economic downturn. Florida has a system of reserves that we use in times of emergency. This can come in handy when a hurricane hits our shores and it can do the same when nasty economic conditions blow in. One of these vehicles is even called the state 'rainy day' fund."

Ford plans to urge Floridians to call upon their lawmakers to steer clear of the storm, if you will, by using the reserves.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:40am]


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