Special Session Recap
Florida lawmakers spent the last two weeks in a special session aimed at one task: plugging a $2.4 billion hole in the state's current budget. They accomplished that by slashing more than $1 billion in spending and taking $1.6 billion out of trust funds designated for specific purposes and programs. The cuts were felt in virtually every state program but they hit education, care for the elderly and environmental land conservation especially hard. This week, our guests help us look back at the special session and look ahead to an even bigger budget hole next year.
Henry "Mac" McCarthy and Dorsay Fischer
Henry McCarthy was born in 1927 in Mt. Vernon, New York. After graduating from high school at the end of WWII, Henry moved from one job to another - a stint in the Coast Guard, commercial shrimp fishing, and time spent working as a carpenter which eventually brought him to Florida where he discovered his love for boat-building. Henry recently talked with one of his canoe-building students, friend Dorsay Fischer, as his home in Sarasota. Henry detailed some of the events that led to his passion for hand-built canoes, and how the hobby-turned-occupation has helped him overcome some of his darker days.