Fla Dems attack GOP legislature for "assault" on education
Florida Democratic Chairman Rod Smith today held a press conference with students and legislators representing university communities - Rep. Janet Cruz (Tampa), Rep. Darren Soto (Orlando), Rep. Mark Pafford (West Palm), Rep. Joe Gibbons (Hollywood), Rep. Lori Berman (Palm Beach), Rep. James Waldman (Coconut Creek) - to condemn the legislature's education funding.
"Rick Scott said he was going to focus on our education system — but sadly he and the Republican legislature seemed to only focus on tearing it down and making education less affordable for Florida’s middle class," said Smith. "While the GOP has failed to improve education, they have succeeded at what they do best: prioritizing corporate tax breaks, special interest projects and Tea Party extremism ahead of Florida's families. It’s shameful. It’s wrong. And voters are going to hold them accountable for these faulty priorities that have moved our state in the wrong direction."
The legislature cut $300-million from higher education, approved potentially significant tuition increases, and budgeted no money for public school construction projects.
“These devastating cuts to higher education make it increasingly unaffordable for students like me to attend college,” said Dominique Gelin, President of Florida College Democrats. “It's clear from their budget that the Republicans don't stand with students and don't care about investing in our state's future economic growth."