COPY-House panel approves nearly $1 billion in budget cuts

Associated Press - October 4, 2007 10:44 AM ET

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A House bill that has cleared a committee cuts nearly $1 billion from the state's $71 billion budget to offset a shortfall in tax revenues.

The House Policy and Budget Council approved the measure 21-10 on a straight party line vote - Republicans for and Democrats against. A Senate version is set for committee action there later Thursday.

Democrats criticized cuts for education, anti-discrimination programs and water projects. They also suggested the repeal of tax cuts in recent years that they said mostly benefited businesses and the wealthy.

Republicans said that in most cases including education, the state still would be spending more than last year and criticized Democrats for failing to suggest alternatives.

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