Key senators oppose Gov. Rick Scott's plan to build education budget on local taxes
From the Buzz:
You can add the influential voice of Senate Appropriations Chairman Tom Lee, R-Brandon, to the list of Republicans howling about Gov. Rick Scott's budget -- and its heavy reliance on higher property tax bills.
As Lee's committee prepares to wade through, amend and pass its first budget proposal Wednesday, Lee had choice words for Scott's plan to increase spending for public schools by taking advantage of higher property values for homes and businesses.
"We're building the increase on the backs of local taxpayers and then we're running around the state and doing a victory lap," Lee told the Times/Herald. "I'm opposed to the way we are funding public education largely on the backs of local taxpayers.