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PolitiFact: Don Gaetz says class size has cost $16 billion so far



PolitifactFloridaLogo copy State Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, says the state has spent $16 billion implementing a constitutional amendment to reduce K-12 class sizes.

That's an awful lot of money -- about a quarter of the total annual state budget. Put another way, with $16 billion the state could build new baseball stadiums in St. Petersburg and Miami ($1 billion), fund NASA's mission to put people back on the moon for two years ($2.5 billion) and give every Floridian $500 ($8.8 billion). With what's left over -- $3.7 billion -- the state could fund every Congressional campaign in 2010.

Is he right?


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:24am]


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