Budget crunch forces new committee week
House Speaker Marco Rubio just announced another round of council meetings, for the week of Feb. 11, to deal with the "deteriorating" budget.
"As Chairman Sansom has explained to us all, the budget situation is deteriorating; it is therefore critical that we begin to take serious steps to reduce the recurring expenditures," he wrote to members. "Therefore, I am allocating a full day for each council to meet to work through their recommendations for initial budget reductions for consideration by the entire House during the first week of the Regular Session. It is my hope that these cuts will establish a sound base from which we will need to further adjust state expenditures as we develop the 2009 fiscal budget in the General Appropriations Act."