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RPOF Pans Chris Smith's Critique of Rick Scott's Budget

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry dismissed as lacking specifics the response to Gov. Rick Scotts budget proposalreleased Thursday from Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale.

"As a Democrat, Senator Smith tried hard to attack the governor's budget without actually criticizing any real specifics, Curry stated in a release.

That's because Governor Scott has proposed a balanced budget that contains manufacturing incentives and other provisions that are a blueprint for keeping Florida's economy moving in the right direction and for improving education in our state.

"Now, the budget will go through the legislative process, and I'm confident that our Republican leaders will work together to deliver a final product that helps puts Florida's families first."

Smith characterized Scotts budget as smacks of pre-election year gimmicks.

While Im glad that he now appears to have seen the error of his ways, many of the groups and areas public school teachers, state employees, higher education -- for which hes suddenly developed a newfound affection are the very same ones that have borne the brunt of his deep cuts over the past two years," Smith stated in a release. "His proposal, for example, to raise teachers salaries by $2,500 doesnt match two years of taxing 3 percent annually from their average $45,700 salary. And no number of teachers gathered as props in a press conference can change those facts.

Sadly, it also appears that our Republican governor is continuing his war against the presidents health care reform, despite the affirmation of its constitutionality by the U.S. Supreme Court. There is still no money in his budget for expanding Medicaid, ignoring the overwhelming support by a majority of Floridians to broaden the program, and assuring Floridas role as a national leader in the number of uninsured citizens.

While he claims these moves are all part of continuing to keep the American dream alive, he forgets that many of those new jobs he touts are minimum wage with no benefits, especially health care; that Florida has soared to first in the country for foreclosures; and that many of the corporate tax incentives hes so fond of expanding have been a dismal failure. This budget is not an investment in the things that actually turn around an economy. Its a taxpayer-financed down payment on courting votes for 2014.

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