Statements about State Budget
"State employees haven't received a raise in five or six years."
"The Constitution doesn't allow the governor to not-spend appropriations funds."
"For the last decade, funding in the health and human services budget has grown at twice the rate as other parts of the budget, and I think that context is important."
"It is projected that 3.07 million people will use the train annually. Keep in mind that Amtrak's Acela train in Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore only had 3.2 million riders in 2010."
Says his tax and fee cuts will save households "$540 over two years."
Says he never said he would keep education funding the same.
"All the money the Department of Citrus has is paid for by the citrus growers. You don't save dollars by eliminating the Department of Citrus."
"Whether you like to admit it or not, half our general revenue goes to education."
"We are the only state in the country that state employees don't contribute [to their pensions]."
"Re: (Marco) Rubio's support of earmark ban: In 2002 alone, he requested 37 earmarks worth $43 million."
Rick Scott "has said that he would do away with the Department of Community Affairs."
Says Alex Sink's plans for governor include $12.5 billion in new spending.
"(Jeff) Atwater's busy helping his friends and wasting our tax dollars -- $48 million for a government building so lavish it's dubbed the 'Taj Mahal,' $100,000 for a golf musuem, and $110 million to build a private prison to help a big contributor."
"The years that I was speaker, the Florida House consistently offered leaner budgets than the governor offered."
"Newspapers say Florida made bad investments, lost hundreds of millions of dollars, billions in pension funds lost. Who was in charge of Florida's investments? Alex Sink."
Marco Rubio tried to insert "$1.5 million for a rowing institute" into the state budget.
"Florida ranks last in the ratio of employees to residents... And Florida is dead last in the nation in state employee payroll expenditures per resident."
"When career politician Daniel Webster became speaker of the House, he wasted $32,000 of our money on a spiral staircase for his office."
"We have 50 state lobbyists that just lobby the Legislature for money every year."
"In my attorney general's office, we've cut the budget 18 percent."
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