By BIjL I'PCllVIS
Tribune Staff Writer
angry and tired Florida House
moved toward a balanced Democrats dropped an ef- Marshall Harris added, "il
$1.65 billion appropriations bill fort to write in a correspond- (the present 1847 Capitol)
yesterday and the leadership ing increase of $4.4 million for going to look plum silly .
shielded from Republican at- aid to families with dependent this in the middle of the new
tack $16.8 million of the $25 children, a move pushed by legisltive wings."
million set aside for a new Reps. Ed Trombetta, D-Fort
Capitol. Lauderdale, and Gwen Cher- REPUBLICAN Ed Whitson
The $8.2 million was surren- ry, D-Miami. Clearwater argued soutr
Qdered to balance the new ex- Florida representatives want
penses written into the bill TROMBETTA said house to turn Florida into another (
SSseyesterday $4.4 for old age conferees should not be tied to Miami Beach" with a tower.
assistance and aid to the blind that amount when they settle Minority leader Don Reed
and disabled and $3.8 million to write what will be the real R-Bota Raton, said he would
N p~aBfor the Southwest Florida down with senate counterparts not vote more than one dollar
i Water Management District to appropriations bill setting until assured of the historic
-m ~acquire land, which was push- families with dependent chil- Capitol's preservation "so the
O -M red in by members of the Hills- dren. cabinet can't vote some spire
t ... !aO borough County delegation. As for the Capitol, it looked
Spending priorities for the
J a! _ THE HOUSE moved toward as if tabe plan to build one with a penthouse on top."
L --LJ ^ "-- I : a final vote shortly after 7 woudfalastheousep eI
___B p.m. but Speaker Richard Pet- to set aside the Republican Rep Trr 11 sessums
t- ---ai, uleditD-Tampa, rcutdhsep
S tigrew, D-Miami, pulled it move to cut it out of the $93 riapnes un e ha ea p
S back after Rep. Wayne Mix- million capital outlay bill. riences in a Captol offc
son. D-Marianna, voiced an "A new Capitaol co made unlevel dai
, l i angry protest on a battle un- has got to be low in the orderma e
SWe fought ve been snookered, of priorities," said Rep. Rus- D-Pland t City, siad it's cheaper
S we've been had, membsnookered, sell Sof ykes, R-North Palm to build than to wait while con-
Sthis house, said Mixson, Beach, ticking off a list of- struction costs rise.
thi hi i needs that included troubles in -
.^ Bi l D-Miami, arguing that he had the mental institutions and Arguing forhe water man-
been promised a chance to de- prisons agerient appropriation, Rep.
\ 1^ ir bate changes he wants in the Everything in the Capitol Ri ch ard Hodes, D-Tampa,
\~bill dealing with geographic is in bad shape" countered said the Green Swamp and the
wage differentials would be Rep Mie y Mir district involve the most deh-
l^ Hconsidered. D-Tallahassee, to which Rep' cate acquifer and water catch-
The action saw con- asseeto which Rep. ment basin n the state,
S \ servatives voting to put more,
^? r^money into the bill and liber-
S als fighting to keep it out in "It is probably the only
[ jthe areas of welfare.
On the Capitol, Republicans fresh water source for central
and Democratic allies fighting Florida," he said.
^ ....^ the $25 million appropriation
]l- B argued the money would be I McDONALD, chairman of a
,better spent in areas of subcommittee studying wel-
^ serious need such as mental i fare, said the state family ser-
i 'hospitals. The majority con- vices division-had reduced $4.4
, ^^J ^tention was that it is cheaper million in fraudulent and er-
to build now and without roneous welfare payments in
" '* Q .1 bends, thus saving on interest ; recent months.
" -_.f^ costs of nearly an equal
-amount: The money is from a "This ,amendment restores
^- 0 )carryover from this year. It is ; those people who were drop-
non-recurring revenue. i ped of f the rolls and the
., y \ cruel hoax of Social Security
Ci INITIATED BY Rep. John is overcome," he said.
Culbreath, D-Brooksville, the
J- j water resource increases ben-
efitted theSo uthwest Florida Rep Carl Ogden,
Water Management District D acksonville argued
-and the Central and Southern a
JFlorida Flood Control District. against all the increases on
Culbreath said the $1.8 mil- grounds they would use up any
S.. .lion increase for the water funds available to give more
management district, a total state financial assistance to
fof 3.8 million, was necessary city governments.
to protect the Green Swamp TH HOUSE also vod
I Th area, a water supplier b a d n y R,
o much of central Floda is would have provided $650,000
being endangered by develop- t r Parol
ment, he told the house as he trooper Floria mghw pay
fought arguments it was a
!local problem and should be raise.
seen to locally. Rep Marshall Harris,
Increases in old age assis- chairman, said ttthe troopers
tance and aid to the blind and will be getting pay raises
disabled were spearheaded by along with all other state era
i Rep. Dennis McDonald. R St. ployes in a proposed $50 mil
,Petersburg, after earlier fail- lion beneift package.