Crist (the other one) faults the House
Tensions over cutting the budget are evident in the Capitol, and the 2008 session hasn't even begun. At a crowded meeting of his committee Monday, Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, criticized the House for answering his call for a court-friendly budget compromise with a press release announcing a done deal, instead of a phone call to confirm a deal had been struck.
Calling the House response "shenanigans" that he hoped wouldn't be repeated, Crist said he was blindsided by it because the first he knew of it was a phone call from a St. Petersburg Times reporter last Friday. "That was just poor sportsmanship," said Crist, who chairs the Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee.
Crist had more news to announce: He said he'll ask for an interim project studying the issue of just how hard judges around the state work. Amid the budget cutting, he said he has had calls from courthouse employees around the state saying judges don't put in 40-hour weeks and "take exceptionally long vacations." Said Crist: "We're going to look at hours worked and hours utilized."