Crist: Proposed school cuts 'unfortunate'
A day after the House and Senate proposed more than a half-billion dollars in cuts to the current budget, Gov. Charlie Crist registered his opposition to the plan, calling it "unfortunate." After a meeting at the Governor's Mansion with a dozen African-American business owners, Crist called on lawmakers to raid reserves instead to avoid cutting K-12 education.
"I think it's unfortunate," Crist said. "This is just the beginning of the process, as we know." Crist has proposed a budget that includes $1-billion in new education funding, but that increase relies on higher property tax collections, diversions of trust fund accounts and new lottery games.
The legislature's proposed "cut" bill would reduce K-12 spending by more than $200-million. Legislators are expected to take up the proposal next week in the first week of the legislative session.