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Florida Senate passes budget cuts



The Florida Senate voted 27-13 to pass its budget cuts Friday morning, with Sen. Gary Siplin the only Democrat to join Republicans supporting the bill.

"Unlike our federal friends we don’t get to borrow unlimited mony, we don’t get to print money. We have to make our expense and revenue line up," said Sen. J.D. Alexander, the Senate budget chief.

Minority Leader Al Lawson talked about one of the big reasons Democrats planned to vote against the budget.

"My biggest regret is that we have not placed education as a top priority. Every time I’ve had a campaign, and we all go out on the campaign we all talk about it … my biggest regret is that we have not made education a priority. We do a job at talking about it, but we have not," Lawson said.


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:12pm]


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