Does House District 69 candidate David Phillips not realize Florida's state budget must be balanced?

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The barrage of direct mail being sent to Pinellas voters in advance of the start of voting-by-mail has officially begun.

In today’s mailbox is a piece from State House District 69 candidate David Phillips. Reading the piece, one is left to wonder whether Phillips is familiar with the Florida Constitution. That is because Phillips — twice — promises to “balance Florida’s budget.”  That’s very considerate of Phillips, but completely unnecessary.

Article VII, Section 1(d) of the Florida Constitution reads: “Provision shall be made by law for raising sufficient revenue to defray the expenses of the state for each fiscal period.” Article III, Section 19(a), Florida Constitution, provides for “Annual Budgeting.”

These two provisions, when read together, form the basis of the requirement of a balanced budget.

Despite its many faults, the one thing you can count on each year from the Florida Legislature is a balanced budget. So it makes no sense for a candidate for the Legislature to promise something that is guaranteed to be delivered.

Maybe Mr. Phillips can promise us the sun will rise in the East or that I will write  something snarkyon this blog, because, without a doubt, those too will happen, regardless of whether he is elected.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.