Franklin Sands on Florida's budget woes

12/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
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According to a draft document approved by Gov. Charlie Crist, Florida legislators can cope with a $2.3 billion budget deficit by slight cuts in virtually all government spending, nearly emptying savings accounts and approving a gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

But as the Miami Herald reports, that document omits anything about raising taxes. Other Republicans aren’t sounding so rigid about touching a third rail of Florida politics.

Senate President Jeff Atwater said on Thursday that he might consider plans to increase fees for government services and licenses.

Franklin Sands is the new House Minority Leader. The Democrat from Broward County, first elected in 2004, has succeeded Dan Gelber as the top Democrat in the State House. WMNF spoke with Sands this week about his ideas on trying to make the budget whole.

Sands was the source of controversy this week, after it was reported that he was asking his own members to raise money for the state Democratic Party in exchange for plum committee posts.

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