Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Crist wants to borrow more; cut less

Florida Governor Charlie Crist is expressing reservations about the size of his own party's suggested cuts. Yesterday, he urged his party to focus on more borrowing instead of cutting.

"One of the concerns that I have is that we make these reductions without hurting the end user: the student. So we're watching closely."

The question: is this political posturing by Crist, or ideological posturing? On one hand, the following suggests he might support the cuts.

Those numbers aren't a big surprise to the school districts. They were told to brace for these cuts after Crist ordered state agencies to withhold about 4 percent of their budgets last summer.

On the other, this could be an ideological bridge too far for Florida's governor.

[The] Legislature plans to ratify Crist's budget holdbacks — worth about $600-million — and increase them by about $400-million.