Over the next few days, we’ll be pulling some themes out of last night’s excellent discussion “Florida’s Fiscal Storm” for those of you who couldn’t make it. A first point of agreement across the aisle is that we need to resist the temptation to pick a quick fix…

“While I think we have to worry about tomorrow, I think literally the legislature is worried about Wednesday. And there is more to tomorrow than just Wednesday. There is a lot more that we need to be thinking about. One gripe with the Florida legislature and with policy in Florida is that nobody has really taken the long view of Florida and of where our state is.” –State Senator Dan Gelber (D- Miami Beach)

“Legislators by nature don’t think long-term. They’re looking at the next election. Term-limited legislatures particularly have trouble looking long-term. Long-term issues have to be looked at by us. That is you.” –Dr. Carol Weissert, Director FSU’s LeRoy Collins Institute

“I hope that the revenue shortfalls that we’re facing right now can be a catalyst to have Florida not only take a look at our tax problems but also to take action to fix them permanently.” –State Senator Thad Altman (R- Melbourne)

“A crisis is a terrible thing to waste…it’s a great opportunity to realign and bring some common sense to how we spend money.” –Dominic Calabro, President and CEO FloridaTaxWatch