Statements about State Budget
Citizens Property Insurance has "over $500 billion worth of risk, with less than $10 billion worth of surplus."
"The University of Florida announced this past week that it was dropping its computer science department ... Meanwhile, the athletic budget for the current year is $97.7 million, an increase of more than $2 million from last year."
"Today, you can't rely on (the retirement fund for public employees), it's not funded."
"Florida ranks 45th" in the nation for tuition.
"Private prisons do not chase escaped inmates past the perimeter like the public prisons do, which means more escaped prisoners in our communities."
"My recommended budget includes $1 billion in new state funding for education."
Says Gov. Rick Scott is "spending a quarter of a million of our tax dollars to robocall people."
Says Gov. Rick Scott cut state funding for PBS.
"I started with a $3.7 billion budget deficit. Now we are projecting a $1.2 billion surplus."
Says Adam Hasner’s record includes "requesting over $92.2 million in earmarks."
"A recent study revealed that, across the nation, taxes would have to be increased by an average of $1,300 a year just to support the currently unsustainable public employee pension systems. In Florida, that dollar figure translates to $813 a year."
"We already have $23 billion worth of debt."
"No one thought we could get a bipartisan bill (Medicaid) passed. We did in the Florida Senate."
Says he vetoed $250,000 from the budget for a program to learn how to catch rainwater.
From 2008 to 2011, "the pages in the conforming bills have gone from 400 pages to 2,200."
Says "many states" are floundering under crushing deficit spending.
"Since 1990, in inflation-adjusted dollars, per-student funding of the (Florida) state university system from general revenue has dropped by about $4,000."
Says taxpayer resources are being used "to facilitate private political agendas" through automatic payroll deduction of union dues.
A proposed revenue smart cap "gives Floridians a voice, requiring a 60 percent vote by citizens in order to impose a new tax, fee, license, fine, charge or assessment."
Says Rick Scott's proposed budget "would lay off 20,000 teachers."
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