FL lawmakers search for survival solutions

By Alex Zequeira email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - State lawmakers are searching for solutions to survive. They're headed back to Tallahassee, immediately following the New Year to address some of the state's budget problems.

So, we wanted to know, what do you want accomplished?

"It's time we did something with housing, so that people can stay in their homes," said Harry Khachadourian.

Another added, "Jobs, the job availability, for everyone basically. And how we are going to make it through this."

These are questions that demand answers from state lawmakers when they convene for a special legislative session on January 5. A session aimed at tackling the state's budget shortfalls.

The problem is immediate aid is not on the way.

First, lawmakers will need to cut funding, thanks to a multi-billion dollar state deficit, that economists say, is only expected to get worse next year.

But lawmakers want people to know their concerns are not going unheard.

Sen. Dave Aronberg, (D) District 27, stated, "We need to make sure that if a bank can negotiate with a homeowner that they should do so as opposed to just foreclosing."

State lawmakers are also looking at ways to bring in more money. They're looking at negotiating with Florida's Indian tribes, including the Seminoles, to see if gambling can help.