Scott's budget an improvement, but Legislature can do better
Gov. Rick Scott appears to have finally gotten the message that Floridians care deeply about public education. His proposal to spend $1 billion more in 2012-13 on K-12 schools would go a long way toward making up for this year's painful $1.3 billion cut in funding. But Scott's $66.4 billion state budget plan would come at a high cost, cutting billions from the state's health care safety net, shortchanging other education needs, skimming money from funds dedicated for other purposes, and further cutting taxes for businesses. This isn't so much a thoughtful plan to invest in Florida's future as a short-term political calculation to increase the governor's rock-bottom poll numbers. The Republican-led Legislature can do better.
"So while Scott may have learned about the importance of education to voters, his budget-writing is still more gimmick than fiscal leadership. "