No Pet Projects in Next Fla. Budget

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Legislative leaders have axed "turkeys" from Florida's next state budget. That's what earmarks, or lawmakers' local projects, are called in Tallahassee. Officially they're "community budget issue requests."

A week and a day before Thanksgiving, House Speaker Ray Sansom
and Senate President Jeff Atwater on Wednesday informed their
members they'll be getting no turkeys due to the state's dire financial straits.

Tax revenues are in a free-fall due to the slumping state and national economies. Lawmakers are looking at a potential budget deficit of $2 billion or more in the current fiscal year ending June 30. The situation is expected to be worse for the 2009-10 budget.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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