Astagnant economy means the Legislature will convene in 2011 under even more budgetary constraints than this year. Veteran lawmakers predict a mean season in Tallahassee next March when it comes to cutting up the shriveling pot of state revenue.
Lawmakers will also be dealing with a new governor, either Republican Rick Scott, who knows little about state government, or Democrat Alex Sink, who "gets'' Tallahassee after a stint as state CFO but whose agenda may differ sharply with a Republican-led Legislature.
State lawmakers, alas, are often little known by their constituents -- unfortunate, because they make crucial decisions about funding public schools, how much money the courts receive and even whether oil drilling can be allowed in state waters. We begin our recommendations for the state House today.
District 102 covers Hialeah, Miami Lakes and even pops into Broward. Republican incumbent Eduardo ``Eddy'' Gonzalez has held the seat since 2006. He is opposed by a write-in candidate.
Mr. Gonzalez, 40, backed plans to revive Hialeah Race Track with quarter-horse racing. He has also taken great pains to reconnect the Miami-Dade delegation with educators, who lost faith in lawmakers after the loss of the District Cost Differential, which helped teachers offset South Florida's high costs of living.
For Florida House, District 102, The Miami Herald recommends EDUARDO ``EDDY'' GONZALEZ.