BRADENTON, Fla. - A top Florida lawmaker is opposing a plan by the governor to cure a portion of the state's projected $2.3 billion budget deficit by using proceeds from a controversial Indian gaming compact and non-recurring revenues, instead of cutting programs dependent on recurring revenues.

A memorandum critical of Republican Gov. Charlie Crist's recommendation to cut the budget using compact revenues, budget reserves, and bonding was distributed to lawmakers yesterday by Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach.

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