What to cut?
How about the state's new teacher performance pay program? Sure, it took more than a year to create a law that had buy-in from most of the players. And yes, the governor likes the concept so much that he's talked about expanding it.
But as Florida's 67 school finance directors scour their budgets to make an expected 4 percent revenue cut workable, they're looking to the $150-million allocation as a logical one to kill for now. It hasn't taken effect yet, so it won't even be missed, they reason. A group of the money folks will propose putting the funds back into the general education budget when they meet with deputy commissioner Linda Champion on Friday.
"That is what everybody is saying," said Pasco chief finance officer Olga Swinson, who will make the trip to Tallahassee."That is one we are really going to recommend."