Capitol e-Report - Governor Crist Acts on Florida Budget Cuts; Vetoes Some Cuts

January 28, 2009

Governor Crist today acted on the budget reductions made during the recent Special Session of the Florida Legislature. The Governor exercised his veto authority on about $90.9 million of the cuts made by the Legislature, thus restoring some appropriations in certain policy areas: Education, Health and Human Services, Public Safety, Environmental, Economic Development, and the Florida National Guard.

The Legislature actually cut about $300 million more than was necessary to reduce current year spending to be in line with revenue, and the Governor’s restoration of certain funds keeps the state in the black in an amount of about $210 million.

In return, however, Legislative leadership has asked the Governor to reduce his 2009-2010 budget recommendations by an amount equal to his veto. The Governor’s Recommended Budget for the state’s next fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009, is due to the Legislature in February.

To view the Governor's letter, please click on the PDF icon above.

This Capitol e-Report was written by Rheb Harbison, a Senior Government Consultant in the Carlton Fields Tallahassee Office. He is principally responsible for advocating on behalf of the Firm’s clients before the legislative and executive branches, asserting positions on a variety of state business issues.

Rheb has 28 years of progressive senior level experience in lobbying, public affairs, communications, media relations, and marketing in both the public and private sectors. Rheb counsels clients on political action strategy and is also responsible for fund-raising and the activities of the Firm’s political action committee, which supports the election of local and state candidates for public office.

Since May he has participated in more than 160 interviews with legislative candidates.

Rheb can be reached at [email protected] or 850.224.1585.

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