December 24, 2008
On Tuesday, December 23, Governor Charlie Crist (R) provided members of his cabinet, legislative leaders and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court with his recommendations to balance Florida’s state budget. Currently, the state is facing a $2.3 billion deficit due the economic downturn and global recession. Governor Crist has laid out a path, which relies on a series of spending reductions, trust fund sweeps, and revenue from the controversial Seminole Indian Gaming Compact. Ultimately, it is up to members of the Florida House of Representatives and Senate to balance the budget during the upcoming January Special Session; this plan developed by the Governor and his staff is only a suggested course of action.
Below you will find a copy of the Governor’s letter as well as some of the background tables provided by his staff.