Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Sibling Rivalry

Jeb emulates Dubya:

Gov. Bush proposes tax cut for wealthy, $1 billion more to schools

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Jeb Bush unveiled a $55.4 billion state spending plan on Tuesday that cuts taxes for Florida’s wealthiest residents and businesses while hitting students with higher tuition costs and leaving thousands of children and elderly on waiting lists for state services.


Bush is asking for a $1.4 billion, or 2.6 percent, increase over current spending — with most of the new money going into education and social services. He would give nearly $1 billion more to public schools, half of that to go toward a constitutional mandate to reduce class size.


Democrats immediately attacked the spending plan for doling out tax breaks while thousands of elders are waiting for state help to keep them out of nursing homes, thousands of developmentally disabled are waiting for services and more than 100,000 children from low- and medium-income households are on waiting lists to get affordable health insurance.

While I’m all in favor of more money for public education – especially class-size reduction – Jeb is taking his cue from the White House and giving tax breaks to the wealthy while saying “tough luck” to those in real need. Yeah, he’s ready to run in ’08.