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Dr. James Gwartney

Singin’ the small government blues

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Florida lawmakers’ balancing act in writing a state budget includes factoring in promises of a tax cut, increases in education and conservation measures and bridging a nearly $2 billion gap created by the scheduled end of a Low Income Pool program for hospitals. They will get fresh numbers Tuesday to begin work on a spending plan for the fiscal year beginning in July. Republicans who control the state Capitol have campaigned on, governed by and promised more of the economic-freedom…

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