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Rick Scott's toughest sell: Republicans



Howard Troxler's column: This ain't just a "budget cut." It's an amputation. The big news in Florida this week was that our new Republican governor, Rick Scott, came out with his first proposed state budget.It's dramatic. Lots of people hate it already. They're calling it unrealistic, unfair, unwise, even deceptive.

And those are the governor's fellow Republicans over in the Legislature. (Most of the Democrats are still in a dead faint.)

So here is the decision facing the legislative Republicans this spring:Should they cut only as much as it takes to make up an already-grim shortfall? Or should they cut even deeper, as the governor is asking, so we also can pass tax cuts, mostly for business?

No matter how conservative they are, the Legislature's Republicans know they're on the hook....The bottom line is that our new governor is doing pretty much what he said he was going to do, putting the interests of Florida business above all else. The victims will complain; the newspapers will be filled with their stories; the Democrats will howl — but to the extent the governor does not get his way, it will be because Republicans said so.


[Last modified: Saturday, February 12, 2011 10:09pm]


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