Local budget requests might become more transparent in the coming legislative session

in Uncategorized by

Local budget requests might become more transparent in the coming legislative session, newly-elected Senate President Don Gaetz said, but the old Community Budget Issue Request process probably isn’t going to be on deck. “I don’t know if we’ll call it CBIRs because I don’t want to start a CBIRs parade, because there is no onrush of new money,” said Gaetz, R-Niceville.

But he did tell reporters after the Senate’s organizing session Tuesday that there might be other ways to make the process more open; despite a years-long moratorium on CBIRs in the difficult budget environment, lawmakers are set getting pet projects into the state spending plan. “But I think what we should do is ask people to bring their priorities that they think are important from a budgetary standpoint, bring them to the surface soon so that we can see if they make sense, so we can debate them and if they’re valuable, be able to bake them into the budget,” he said.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.