Budget Plan Would Avoid Government Layoffs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist has proposed a
deficit reduction plan that's heavy on borrowing, but avoids
employee furloughs and layoffs.

He suggests the state borrow $600 million from its tobacco settlement fund and sell bonds for prison construction. It also includes $135 million from expanded Seminole Indian gaming, an idea legislative leaders generally oppose.

Lawmakers are planning a special session next month to deal with a projected $2.3 billion budget deficit.

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

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