There’s been a lot of drama over the Florida state budget. Rick Scott and Richard Corcoran have been debating priorities. We have heard a lot about tourism dollars and Pitbull. There’s talk of extended special sessions and line item vetoes.
If you listen to the media hyping the divisions you would get the impression that Republican leadership in Florida from the Governor’s mansion on down is totally incompetent.
If that’s your perspective, I have one suggestion: move to California or New York. If you can last a month, you’ll gain a fresh appreciation for what we have here in Florida—a Republican governor and legislature committed to sound fiscal policy.
They do not agree on everything, but they agree on the main thing. They might not agree on how to cut taxes, but they agree that we should cut taxes. They might not agree on how to return more money to those who earned it, but they agree that this is exactly what should happen. They might not agree on how to balance the budget, but they are balancing it.
If other states agreed on this much, I doubt Florida would have increased in population to become the third most populous state in the country. The proof is in those numbers. People want to live in Republican led-Florida.
As this session ends, and as the media prepares their analysis of every minor disagreement in the budget negotiations, let’s just be glad we have a healthy Republican debate over how to shrink government, instead of a unified Democrat leadership trying to grow it.