Statements about State Budget
Charlie Crist "raised taxes in 2009 and won't rule out raising taxes again."
"Charlie Crist signed into law an automatic 15 percent annual tuition increase that put college further out of reach for many Floridians."
"Rick Scott tried to slash school funding by $3.3 billion."
Says Rick Scott "cut education by $1.3 billion" in his first year, then "in his second year he decreases funding by $300 million to our state universities."
As CFO, Alex Sink oversaw "a $27 billion loss in the state's pension fund."
For the state of Florida, "there is not an additional cost with implementation of the Common Core standards."
Bill Gunter would "drain millions from local public schools, and give our tax dollars to private, for-profit schools run by out-of-state corporations."
In Florida "we have 75,000 on (a) waiting list for child care and 23,000 on waiting lists" for community care for the elderly.
Miami-Dade County is the "No. 1 donor county in the state."
Rick Scott "increased tuition at our state colleges and universities by double digits."
Rick Scott "invested $38 million in the Port of Jacksonville's vital Mile Point Project," which "covered missing federal funds for the project."
If Gov. Rick Scott activates "the National Guard in anticipation of a federal disaster, the state’s costs, including the costs to recall any furloughed guardsmen, will be fully reimbursable by FEMA."
"Two weeks after signing a taxpayer protection pledge, (Charlie Crist) breaks it."
"This budget also reflects the smallest state government workforce per 1,000 residents in Florida in this century."
Says Gov. Rick Scott allowed Republican legislators to cut his teacher pay raise proposal by 60 percent.
"Every Florida teacher gets a pay raise."
The Dolphins stadium renovation will "create more than 4,000 new local jobs."
"For the first time in eight years, our budget also increases funding for persons with disabilities by $36 million to help more disabled people receive community-based services."
A "legacy of taxing and borrowing … crippled the economy we inherited two years ago."
Says Rick Scott called education not a "core function" of the state.
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