Rep. Darryl Rouson explains his vote against the House’s budget

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State Rep. Darryl Rouson discussed Thursday’s debate in the Florida House and why he voted against the budget.

“By the contents of our budget and the other bills we pass, we make clear what defines us as a people. So today, I voted against the state budget as proposed by the House. This year, like last, our budget failed to look at any creative revenue sources to balance out the cuts which will be placed on our school children, our hospital patients, our nurses, our judicial branch employees, and our foster children; essentially, the middle class employees of Florida. Again, the legislature failed to look at online sales in our state which continue to go uncollected. This is to the detriment of our local businesses here in Florida.”

“Additionally, this budget does not provide more money to our K-12 education. The extra `$1 billion’ does not bring the education budget up to where it was before the drastic cuts last year. We are also raising tuition on our state university students while making Bright Futures both harder to get into and funded with fewer dollars.”

“There is good in the budget but there is more bad on balance. I too want to see Hillsborough Correctional Institution remain open and I applaud the people of Jefferson County who showed up, proclaimed their populist plight through the power of measured protest which propelled us to prove our position, people over dollars.”

“I cannot support the decisions which lead to these drastic and harmful cuts.”

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