2009A Special Session on Florida’s Budget Adjourns, Reductions Approved

Jan 14, 2009

The Florida Legislature adjourned, Sine Die, at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, bringing the 2009A Special Session on Florida’s Budget to a close. 

Reductions in the State’s budget totaling more than $2.7 billion for Fiscal Year 2008-2009 were approved by both Chambers and will proceed to Governor Charlie Crist for his signature.  Governor Crist has indicated that he may veto some education-related line items.

The following funds were utilized by the Legislature in creating the reduction package:

  • $400 Million from the Budget Stabilization Fund
  • $700 Million from the Lawton Chiles Endowment Fund
  • $190 Million from the Housing Trust Fund
  • $300 Million from various other Trust Funds
  • Four to six percent cut from each state agency/department

The budget’s centerpiece is a bill (SB 2A) that passed 27-13 in the Senate and 74-43 in the House.

The Regular Legislative Session begins on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, during which it is expected that another four to five billion dollars in budget reductions will be made.


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