Legislative Leaders Set Special Session

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Senate president Jeff Atwater, R-North
Palm Beach, and House speaker Ray Sansom, R-Destin, say lawmakers
will begin a special session on Monday to work on Florida's $2.3
billion budget deficit.

The two Republican leaders issued the formal call for the special session on Tuesday.

It will run from 11 a.m. Jan. 5 to midnight on Jan. 16.

Legislators are returning to the Capitol to deal with the shortfall for the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

Gov. Charlie Crist's deficit reduction plan is heavy on cutting spending, borrowing money and shifting funds. It avoids tax and fee increases as well as employee furloughs and layoffs, but not all lawmakers support Crist's proposals.

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


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