Sen. Don Gaetz on budget impasse: “I will stay here for a Tallahassee springtime”

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Responding to Grimsley’s comments, Sen. JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales, said the chambers are at impasse over higher education cuts, reports the News Service of Florida. Specifically, the Senate has proposed $300 million in non-recurring cuts. The House position is also to cut $300 million in higher education, but $200 million of that would be recurring cuts. “I don’t think you would be comfortable with that level of recurring cuts,” Alexander told members Tuesday. Senate leaders including Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner and Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich. said they are ready to extend the session or come back to deal with budget issues if needed to hold firm on the higher education changes. “I will stay here for a Tallahassee springtime,” said incoming Senate President Don Gaetz.

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