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Does Mike Haridopolos know his state budget?



A budget storm is brewing in Tallahassee, and Senate President Mike Haridopolos is making clear that no agency, program or area may be spared from impending cuts. That includes education funding, he warned. More than $3 billion in federal stimulus funds have helped the state fill education budget holes for the past two years, but those funds sunset this spring. And while some additional federal funds are coming available, about $555 million, Florida's budget picture remains bleak, Haridopolos said. "Whether you like to admit it or not, half our general revenue goes to education," Haridopolos was quoted as saying in the Orlando Sentinel.

We put that statement to Truth-O-Meter over at PolitiFact Florida.

[Last modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 9:41am]


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