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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is set to release the 2015 budget Tuesday.

During the 12 p.m. press conference, Gimenez is expected to announce hundreds of job cuts. County employees were also expecting cuts in pay, benefits and services.

This Week in South Florida: July 6

I WAS ON DUTY AT THE PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE ON THE DAY THAT THE SIFT RIGHTS -- AND DID YOU REJOICE. DID WE ALL AM WE CLAPPED AND WE DANCED. THEY WILL MA WAS 37 YEARS OLD WHEN-- WHENCE THE BILL WAS SIGNED AND SAID IT WAS A TURNING POINT FOR NOT JUST AFRICAN-AMERICANS BUT WOMEN AS WELL. I LIVE AND UNDER MUCH DIFFERENT RULES, COCONUT GROVE, WE COLOURED TOWN AND WHITE TOWN. IN 1947 SHE BECAME A REGISTERED NURSE SPECIALIZING IN OPERATING TECHNIQUES SO SHE APPLIED FOR A JOB AT JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IT APPEARED HER FUTURE WAS BRIGHT. BUT NOT AS BRIGHT IF SHE HAD BEEN WHITE. WHEN I WAS TURNED DOWN FOR WORKING IN THE OPERATING ROOM AT JACKSON HOSPITAL, I KNEW I HAD TO WORK. AND SO I WENT TO WORK ON THE COLOURED FLOORS AND WAS ABLE TO MAKE A LIVING. UNDETERRED, SHE WANT ON TO GET HER BS DEGREE IN NURSING EDUCATION. FOR A TIME SHE WAS A CITY OF MIAMI COMMISSIONER AND HAS TOO MANY ACCOLADES TO LIST AM BUT JUST BLOCKS FROM HER COCONUT GROVE HOME THE THE INITIATIVE HELPS THOSE WHO NEED IT THE MOST IN HER COMMUNITY. THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES. WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF EVERYBODY. BECAUSE WHILE THE LAWS ARE ON THE BOOKS, IT IS, IND INDEED-- ISN'T EASY FOR SOME PEOPLE. AND I THINK THAT THIS IS WHAT AMERICA SHOULD BE SAYING TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY. IF YOU WORK HARD, YOU CAN ACHIEVE. FOR THIS WEEK IN SOUTH FLORIDA, TODD TONGUEAN. WHAT A REMARKABLE PERSON SHE IS. I'M PROUD TO SAY SHE IS IS A FRIEND OF MINE AND IN FACT HER LATE HUSBAND FATHERED THEODORE GIBSON WAS TOO. A TREASURE AND SUCH A COOL WOMAN. I MEAN ASIDE FROM BEING, HONEST TO GOD TO TALK TO THIS WOMAN IS SO MUCH FUN. HARD TO BELIEVE SHE'S 87. AND THELMA, IF YOU ARE WATCHINGING WE LOVE YOU. COME ON IN ON THE ROUND TABLE. UP NEXT, WE'RE TAKING YOU TO STAN WOOD'S NEIGHBORHOOD AND THIS TIME YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PASSPORT TO GET THERE. YOU SEE THIS HOUR, AND YOU KNOW YOU MAY EVEN KNOW WHY IT IS, AND YOU MAY KNOW THERE ARE PLANS FOR ANOTHER KIND OF SIGNATURE TOWER RIGHT HERE IN SOUTH FLORIDA. WHOSE DEVELOPERS HAVE COMPARED IT TO THE EIFFEL TOWER. AND THAT BRINGS TO US JANINE STANDWOOD'S NEIGHBORHOOD THIS WEEK JANEANE REALLY WENT FAR AFIELD, ALL THE WAY TO PARIS WHERE SHE TOURED THE EIFFEL TOWER WITH AN EYE TOWARD THE SKYSCRAPER PLAN FOR DOWNTOWN MIAMI. SKY RIDE THIS GLEAMING OBSERVATION TOWER ON BUSINESS CANE BAY HAS BEEN CALLED A LOT OF-- BISCAYNE BAY HAS BEEN CALLED A LOT OF THINGS. DEVELOPERS SAY IF IT IS BUILT IT WILL BE THE EIFFEL TOWER OF MIAMI. SO THIS WEEK HE DENTIAL OF STANDWOOD'S NEIGHBORHOOD TAKES TO US PARIS, FRANCE, HOME OF THE EIFFEL TOWER. WE WANTED TO KNOW WHAT PEOPLE HERE THINK OF THE COMPARISON. THE PEOPLE WHO PROBABLY HAVE THE MOST OPINIONS ARE THE PEOPLE WHO WORK HERE. DO YOU THINK IT COULD EVER BE AS UNIQUE AS THE EIFFEL TOWER. I DONE THINK SO. IT IS-- MAYBE ONE DAY THIS? NO. NO. LIKE THE NEW-- BUT NO HISTORY. WHAT DO YOU ANY. DO YOU THINK IT'S-- I DON'T THINK -- YOU DON'T THINK SO. NO. AND WHY IS THAT? I DON'T KNOW. BECAUSE EIFFEL TOWER HAS A REAL STORY REGARDING THE WAR, THE FIRST WORLD WAR. IF THE EIFFEL TOWER IS ST STILL-- THE FIRST WORLD WAR. SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? WEIRD. WEIRD? YEAH. WHILE IT MAY BE INTERESTING TO NOTE WHAT THE PEOPLE OF PARIS THINK ABOUT SKY RISE, WHAT REALLY MATTERS IS WHAT THE PEOPLE OF MIAMI THINK. VOTERS WILL GET TO WEIGH IN ON WHETHER OR NOT IT'S BUILT IN AUGUST. UNTIL THEN, AWE REF OTHER. IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, I'M JANINE STANWOOD FOR THIS WEEK IN SOUTH FLORIDA. OH, CEST SI, BON. I TOLL HER SHE IS THE ONLY HER PERSON WITHOUT WORKS ON VACATION. I THINK THE VIDEO SHOT WITH AN iPAD AN IPHONE WAS BY HER HUSBAND WHO WAS AN ACE PRODUCER HERE AT LOCAL TEN NEWS. WE'RE ALL OVER IT. THEY'RE BACK, BY THE WAY. OH, GOODE. STILL TO COME IN HONOR OF OUR NATION'S INDEPENDENCE, COULD YOU PASS THE TEST TO BECOME A U.S. CITIZEN? WOULD YOU BE SURPRISED TO FOE THAT A LOT OF AMERICAN WAS NOT. POP QUIZ WHEN WE COME BACK. HERE SAY LIVE LOOK ON THE VERY STORMY LOOKING SKOI. DOES NOT LOOK GOOD. HERE'S METEOROLOGIST, I AM WITH YOUR SUNDAY FORECAST. HI, EVERYBODY T LOOKS LIKE OUR WEATHER PATTERN HAS BEEN FAIRLY PREDICTABLE AROUND SOUTH FLORIDA. YESTERDAY WE HAD THIS LITTLE DISAUSCH CONTINUES THAT HELPED KICK OFF SHOWERS AND STORMS. WE ARE STILL ON THE TAIL END OF THAT AND SEEING A MOIST SOUTH EASTERLY FLOW. WHILE WE HAVE PASSING SHOWERS DURING THE FIRST PART OF THE DAY, CHANCES ARE WITH THE HEATING OF THE DAY WE WILL SEE SKAT ELLERED THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING ALONG THE INLAND AREAS ONCE AGAIN. IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON GOING OUT ON THE WATER EAST SOUTH EASTERLY WINDS SEA,S WILL BE FLAT RUNNING ABOUT 1 TO 2 FEET FOR THE KEYS AND ALSO DADE AND BROWARD COUNTY COASTAL WATERS. THE HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY WILL MANAGE TO FINALLY GET UP TO AROUND 90 DEGREES AROUND 3:00 THIS AFTERNOON, PASS SHOING WE ARES AND STORMS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR SHOWERS WILL BEGIN TO TAPER OFF LATER ON THIS EVENING. MY 7 DAY FORECAST HIGH TEMPERATURES EACH DAY WILL BE APPROACHING 90 DEGREES WITH THE MIXTURE OF SUN SHIES AND CLOUDS ANTICIPATED. MAYBE A FEW SHOWERS IN THE MORNING BUT YOU KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN, A SCATTERING OF THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED EACH AFTERNOON. HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY. WHO IS SHOCKED BY THAT. THANK YOU. BEFORE WE GO OUT IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS TODAY N HONOR OF OUR NATION'S BIRTH DAY WEEKEND, HERE'S A LITTLE POP QUIZ FOR YOU. OKAY, HOW MANY AMERICANS DO YOU THINK WOULD BE ABLE TO EARN THEIR CITIZENSHIP IF THEY HAD TO. BY PASSING THE ACTUAL U.S. CITIZENSHIP EXAM. THE ANSWER MAY SURPRISE YOU. OR MAYBE IT WON'T SURPRISE YOU. THE TEST HAS 100 QUESTIONS. SOME ARE PRETTY BASIC. CIVICS 101, SOME GIMMES IN THERE. SOME ARE MORE THOUGHTFUL QUESTIONS ABOUT CITIZENS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. HOW GOVERNMENT WORKS. HOW LAW WORKS. GENERALLY NOW IN SCHOOL CIVICS IS NOT A PRIORITY ANY MORE IT HAS NO HIGH STAKES PLACE ON THE FCAT NOR THE COMMON CORE. IT'S NOT ONE OF THE STEM SUBJECTS, SCIENCE, MATH, TECHNOLOGY. BUT THINK ABOUT HOW CRITICAL CIVIC LITERACY IS TO VOTE, TO PICK LEADERS, TO HOLD THE ONES WE CHOOSE ACCOUNTABLE FOR MAKING DECISIONS. YOU CAN'T RUN A COMPANY UNLESS YOU KNOW HOW THE BUSINESS WORKS. SO HOW CAN WE THE PEOPLE RUN GOVERNMENT IF WE DON'T KNOW HOW IT WORKS. ACCORDING TO THE U.S. IMMIGRATION SERVICE, NINE OUT OF TEN IMMIGRANTS DO PASS THE TEST. GRANTED THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO STUDY UP FOR IT AS FOR AMERICANS BY BIRTH, WANT TO GUESS? 65% PASS RATE ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY. MORE THAN A THIRD OF NATIVE BORN AMERICAN KOS NOT PASS THE TEST TO BECOME A CITIZEN. YOU COULD. WRITE ON OUR WEB SITE LOCAL TEN.COM WE HAVE A LINK TO THOSE 100 QUESTIONS AM CLICK ON THE NEWS TAB, LOOK UNDER POLITICS SECTION, SEE HOW DO YOU AND LET US KNOW. THEN OF COURSE WE INVITE TO YOU WEIGH IN ON ANYTHING YOU LIKE, E-MAIL, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, ANY OF THE ADDRESSES. WE ARE SO EASY TO FIND. WE ARE. AND WE HOPE YOU CONTACT US. I THINK I WILL GO AND TAKE THAT TEST MYSELF. YOU ARE GOING TO PASS. OKAY. HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL SUNDAY. REMEMBER AS ALWAYS STAY INFORMED, GET INVOLVED. HAVE A GOOD ONE. MY FAMILY DESERVES THE SAME DIGNITY, RESPECT AND EQUALITY THAT ALL OF YOUR FAMILIES HAVE. DEMONSTRATORS FACE OFF OUTSIDE THE DADE COUNTY COURTHOUSE AFTER A COURT HEARING ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE. WE WILL HEAR THE PROS AND CONS. BUNNY MANEUVERS. MIAMI DADE'S MAYOR HAS A BUDGET CHALLENGE AND A PLAN TO MEET IT AS PLENTY OF PEOPLE ARE TO THE GOING LIKE IT. AND A SOUTH FLORIDA CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER REMEMBERS WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW 50 YEARS AGO. GOOD MORNING, GLAD YOU COULD JOIN US ON THIS FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY WEEKEND. WE'VE GOT SOME FIREWORKS FOR YOU RIGHT HERE. STARTING WITH A STATE MARRIAGE LAW AND A JUDGE DECIDING WHETHER FLORIDA VOTERS GOT IT WRONG. WE HAVE A COUNTY BUDGET CONTROVERSY AND LATER WE MARK THIS MOMENT IN CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY WITH A WOMAN WITHOUT REALLY IS ITS LIVING LEGEND. SHE CERTAINLY IS. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SALMA GIBSON OF COCONUT GROVE. WE'RE ALSO GOING TO MOSEY OVER TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND JANINE IS GOING TO TAKE US TO THE EIFFEL TOWER, YES, THE ONE IN PARIS AND COMPARE IT TO ANOTHER TOWER THAT DID PLANNED FOR MIAMI. DO WE GET THAT TRIP. WERE WE ON THAT TRIP. UNFORTUNATELY NO WE WERE NOT. THIS MORNING THOUGH WE BEGIN WITH LOVE VERSUS LAW. THIS WEEK AT THE DATE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, SIX COUPLES ASKED A JUDGE TO PAVE THE WAY FOR THEM TO GET MARRIAGE LICENSES BECAUSE THEY ARE SAME SEX COUPLES THAT IS A LEGAL CHALLENGE. ONE IN WHICH ELIZABETH SCHWARTZ HAS BEEN HEAVILY INVOLVED. SHE IS AN ATTORNEY BASED IN MIAMI BEACH AND SO INVOLVED IN SO MANY MATTERS AS SAME-SEX COUPLES AND DAY MARRIAGE AND GAY A DOMTION AND SO WE'RE GLAD TO HAVE YOU WITH US THIS MORNING. ELIZABETH GOOD MORNING, GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE. GOOD MORNING, THRILLED TO BE HERE. AND WE SHOULD NOTE HERE THAT ALEX ALFONO WHO IS AN ATTORNEY FOR THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY COALITION HAD BEEN INVITED. SAID HE WOULD COME AND WITHIN THE LAST HOUR HE CALLED GLENNA AND SAID HEY, MY CLIENTS SAY THEY DON'T WANT ME TO APPEAR BUT DE SEND US A LENGTHY STATEMENT. CHRISTIAN FAMILY COUNCIL IS HIS CLIENT AND IN AN A BUNDANCE OF FAIRNESS BEFORE WE START MAY I JUST READ TO YOU WHAT A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT HE HAD SENT US TODAY. THE E-MAIL SAID IN LIGHT OF LAST YEAR'S U.S. VERSUS WINDSOR SUPREME COURT RULING THAT STATES HAVE THE QUOTE HISTORIC AND ESSENTIAL AUTHORITY TO REGULATE MARITAL RELATIONS WITHIN THEIR BORDERS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT DISRESPECT THIS AUTHORITY BY IGNORING STATE MARRIAGE LAWS. I GUESS THAT SETS UP THE CASE AND SETS UP OUR DISCUSSION TODAY. SO HE IS CITING THAT FAMOUS CASE OF WINDSOR CASE BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT. AND SAYS THAT RULES A JUDGE SARA SGLABL WHO IS HEARING THE LAWSUIT IN MIAMI DADE COUNTY, DOES THE WINDSOR DECISION LIMIT WHAT SHE CAN DO? IT DOESN'T AT ALL. IN FACT IT GREATLY DICTATES WHAT SHE OUGHT TO DO WHICH IS FIND THAT THESE BANDS AGAINST SAME SEX MARRIAGE ARE JUST IMPERMISSIBLE AND DISCRIMINATORY VIOLATIONS OF EQUAL PROTECTION AND DUE PROCESS. IT MAKES THE LAW VERY CLEAR AS DOES THE 23 DECISIONS ALL VICTORIES THAT HAVE COME DOWN SINCE WINDSOR ALL OF THEM FINDING THAT THERE IS NO BASIS FOR THESE MARRIAGE BANS BEYOND JUST PURE ANIMUS AND DISCRIMINATION. THERE HAS BEEN I THINK THAT PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT SAME SEX MARRIAGE HAVE SEEN A JUDICIAL TIDAL WAVE SINCE THE SUPREME COURT RULED AGAINST THE KEY PROVISIONS OF THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT. I MEAN THIS-- AND IT HAPPENED IN STATES WHERE THEY'RE VERY CONSERVATIVE, VIRGINIA, FOR EXAMPLE, KENTUCKY JUST LAST WEEK A KENTUCKY JUDGE SAID THAT THEIR BAN ON GAY MARRIAGE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. ARE YOU CONFIDENT THAT YOU FEEL PRETTY GOOD ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN FLORIDA. WE DO, ABSOLUTELY. I LOVE THAT YOU POINTED OUT THAT KENTUCKY CASE. A GREAT ONE THAT CAME DOWN THIS PAST WEEK APPROPRIATELY NAMED LOVE VERSUS BASHEAR, AND IN THAT CASE, A BUSH FIRST APPOINTEE SAID THOSE ARGUMENTS ARE NOT THOSE OF SERIOUS PEOPLE, THOUGH IT SEEMS ALMOST UNNECESSARY TO EXPLAIN. HERE ARE THE REASONS WHY. SO I DO FIND IT INTERESTING THAT THE OPPOSITION DIDN'T WANT TO SHOW UP TODAY BECAUSE THESE ARE-- ARE NOT THE ARGUMENTS OF SERIOUS PEOPLE. ONE OF THE OPPOSITION'S ARGUMENTS AND I FEEL COMPELLED IN AN ABUNDANCE OF FAIRNESS TO REALLY PRESENT THIS SIDE OF THE STORY TODAY IS THAT THE COURTS ARE NOT THE PLACE FOR A POLITICAL OR POLICY ARGUMENT BUT A LEGAL ARGUMENT. IS THIS A LEGAL ARGUMENT? OR IS IT ONE OF POLICY BECAUSE IT WAS A POPULAR VOTE. ABSOLUTELY A LEGAL ARGUMENT. AND I HAVE TO SAY I CRINGED A LITTLE BIT THE LOVE VERSUS LAW YOU STARTED WITH. THIS IS NOT ONE IN OPPOSITION TO THE OTHER. LOVE IS FULLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW. THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED OVER AND OVER AGAIN SINCE THIS WINDSOR DECISION CAME DOWN. SO LET ME JUST-- TO BE CLEAR, IN ALL THOSE OTHER STATES WHEN THE JUDICIARY IS OVERTURNING LAW ARE THOSE STATUTORY LAWS THEY'RE OVERTURNING OR VOTERS WHO PUT THESE LAWS INTO THOSE STATE'S CONSTITUTION. BECAUSE THAT'S A DIFFERENCE. BOTH. BOTH. ALL BANS HAVE BEEN DECLARED UNCONSTITUTIONAL OVER AN OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AND WHAT I FIND SO INTERESTING IS THAT SOME OF THE ARGUMENTS THAT THEY MAKE ARE ARGUMENTS THAT REASONABLE PEOPLE CAN START TO AGREE WITH. SO FOR EXAMPLE THE MAJORITY RULES ARGUMENT. THAT'S THE BIG ARGUMENT THAT THERE WAS A VOTE. AND THE MAJORITY RULES. AND CERTAINLY WE ALL AGREE THAT THE MAJORITY RULES RULE IS THE BED ROM OF DEMOCRACY. BUT THE PROBLEM IS, IS THAT THEY'RE USING THAT RULE WRONG. MAJORITY RULES RULE RULES WHEN IT'S A RULE THAT -- WAIT, WHAT? WHAT? IF YOU ARE'S GOING TO PASS, LET'S SAY THE QUESTION IS SHOULD WE ALL PAY MORE TAXES. SO IF THERE'S A VOTE ON THAT AND THE MAJORITY VOTES THAT WE SHOULD ALL PAY MORE TAXES, THAT MAKES SENSE BECAUSE THAT AFFECTS EVERYONE EQUALLY. BUT THE MAJORITY CAN'T RULE TO TAKE RIGHTS AWAY FROM THE MINORITY. THAT'S WHY WE ALL MOVE TO THIS I CAN AND WE ALL MOVE TO THIS COUNTRY -- TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY. ABSOLUTELY. TO NOT BE O PRESSED BY THE TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY AS OUR ATTORNEY SAID IN ORAL ARGUMENT, VERY APPROPRIATELY SO. IF THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT AFFECTED EVERYBODY EQUALLY THAN IT WOULD STAND. BUT YOU CAN'T VOTE ON RIGHTS OF PEOPLE ANYWAY. THAT'S WHY THEY'RE CALLED RIGHTS. THAT IS THE EQUAL ARGUMENT. THE EQUAL PROTECTION ARGUMENT. ABSOLUTELY. I HAVE GOT TO SAY THAT WE JUST SAW SOME VIDEO OF BOTH OPPONENTS AND SUPPORTERS OUTSIDE THE COURTHOUSE AFTER THE HEARING THIS PAST WEEK. AND IN MY IMPRESSION, I WAS THERE. I WAS IN COURT. I WAS THERE FOR THE DEMONSTRATIONS, THERE ARE SOME VERY SERIOUS PEOPLE WHO SPORT THE LAW IN FLORIDA AS IT NOW STANDS. WE'RE LOOKING AT PICTURES, THOSE ARE SOME OF THE PLAINTIFFS IN THE CASE. YOUR CLIENTS IN THIS CASE. THE SIX COUPLES AND THEY'RE VERY GOOD COUPLES, I HAVE TO SAY, YOU CHOSE WELL. BUT YOU KNOW, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPORTING THE BAN ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE, THEY SEE IT A LOT OF THEM AS A RELIGIOUS ISSUE. AND THAT IT IS JUST OFFENSIVE TO GOD THAT PEOPLE OF THE SAME SEX SHOULD BE ABLE TO MARRY. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THEM? I SAY THEN THEY SHOULDN'T MARRY SOMEBODY OF THE SAME SEX. AND CERTAINLY THE MEMBERS OF THEIR RELIGIOUS CONSTITUTIONS SHOULDN'T BE FORCED TO OFFICIATE AT WEDDINGS OF GAY OR LESBIAN COUPLES. AND ABSOLUTELY THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WHEN WE WIN THIS THING WILL REMAIN THE CASE. NO ONE WILL BE FORCED TO OFFICIATE AT A SAME SEX WEDDING. THEY'RE ENTITLED TO HAVE THEIR PERSONAL BELIEFS. BUT THEY'RE NOT ENTITLED TO IMPOSE THOSE BELIEFS ON OTHERS. GAY COUPLES ARE HAVE EXISTED, YOU KNOW, FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME, WILL CONTINUE TO AND ALL WE ARE ASKING FOR IS THE RIGHT TO BE AS RESPECTED, AS ANY OTHER PARTICIPATING MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. IT'S REALLY ON SOME LEVEL QUITE A CONSERVATIVE ARGUMENT TO SAY HEY, LISTEN, THESE FOLKS WANT TO GET-- WE AGREE WITH YOU. MARRIAGE IS GREAT. WE AGREE. FAMILY IS A BUILDING BLOCK, IS THE BUILDING BLOCK OF SOCIETY. AND WE WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT INSTITUTION IN THE SAME WAY. YOU KNOW, WORTH IT TO SAY THAT THERE IS A PARALLEL CASE GOING ON, A FEDERAL CASE IN WHICH THERE ARE 8 COUPLES, SAME-SEX COUPLES WHO ARE MARRIED AND HAD TO GO TO OTHER STATES TO MAKE THAT LEGAL, WHO LIVE IN FLORIDA, WHO ARE NOW ASKING FOR FLORIDA TO RECOGNIZE LEGALLY THEIR LEGAL MARRIAGE BECAUSE THAT IS ALSO A FIGHT. ABSOLUTELY. AND THAT'S IN FEDERAL COURT IN TALLAHASSEE WHICH IS WHERE IT HAS TO BE FILED. YES. ELIZABETH, LET ME PLAY YOU AND THE FOLKS AT HOME A SOUND BITE FROM THE ATTORNEY, THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO CAME AND REPRESENTED THE STATE TO DEFEND THE LAW. HIS NAME IS ADAM TAN ENBAUM AND HERE'S WHAT MR. TAN EM-- TAN EM BAAN SAID ON TUESDAY. YOUR HONOR, THE VOTERS IN 2008 MADE A POLICY DECISION WHICH THEY HAD A RIGHT TO DO AS TO WHAT THE DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE SHOULD BE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. THEY HAD THAT RIGHT AND IT'S NOT FOR THIS COURT TO SECOND-GUESS OR MAKE A DETERMINATION WHETHER THAT WAS A GOOD POLICY OR A BAD POLICY. WELL, IT'S THE SAME ARGUMENT THAT YOU REFERRED TO EARLIER WHICH IS THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN BUT THEY SPOKE IN A WAY THAT SIMPLY YOU ARE SAYING VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF GAYS AND LESBIANS. YOU CAN PUT WHATEVER YOU WANT IN THE CONSTITUTION. IF THE MAJORITY VOTES TO PUT SOMETHING IN THE CONSTITUTION IT WILL PASS BUT IT STILL HAS TO PASS CONSTITUTIONAL MUSTER. IT STILL HAS TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL. SO YOU CAN GET A MAJORITY TO VOTE ON ALL KINDS OF CRAZY STUFF IT DOESN'T MAKE IT CONSTITUTIONAL. I THINK IN THIS STATE WE THIS. -- HAVE. SOMETHING ABOUT PREGNANT PIGS IN THE CONSTITUTION. ABSOLUTELY. AS A NATIVE AUTHORITY AND IT MAKES ME CRAZY TO THINK THAT OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING USED TO ADVANCE THESE ARGUES THAT HAVE FAILED TIME AND AGAIN IN COURT AFTER COURT IN STATE AFTER STATE WHEN THERE IS SO MUCH ELSE WE CAN BE DOING WITH OUR TIME AND TREASURE. WE HAVE A HOMELESS YOUTH POPULATION, 40% OF WHICH IDENTIFIES AS LESS BEN GAY, BISEXUAL OR TRANS. AND I'M QUITE SURE THAT MANY OF THOSE FOLKS WERE THROWN OUT BY MAYBE SUPPORTERS OF THE MARRIAGE BAN. LET ME ASK YOU THIS. PLEASE. I KNOW YOU PROBABLY HAVE DONE YOUR HOMEWORK ON THE JUDGE, WHO IS OVERSEEING THIS CASE. WHAT DO YOU SEE IN HER BACKGROUND AND HER PRIOR RULINGS AND OPINIONS THAT MAY LEAD YOU TO SORT OF PREDICT WHAT SHE MIGHT DO IN THIS CASE. LAWYER DOES NOT READ THE TEA LEAFS-- LEAVES ON CASES AS WELL AS-- AND IT REALLY DID GO VERY, VERY WELL. BUT ELIZABETH, HER QUESTIONING AND IT'S ALWAYS DIFFICULT AND PROBABLY WRONG TO INTERPRET WHERE A JUDGE IS GOING FROM THE QUESTIONING. BUT HER QUESTIONINGS SEEM TO INDICATE SHE'S READ ALL OF THESE 21 OR SO RULINGS. SHE'S DEFINITELY DONE HER HOMEWORK. SHE SEEMED VERY I THINK IMPRESSED WITH THE COURT RULINGS FOR THE-- FOR THE REPEALS OF MARCH BAN. SHE KNOWS WHAT OTHER JUDGES HAVE SAID. ABSOLUTELY. I THINK SHE'S READY TO FOLLOW THE LAW. THAT'S TO ME WHAT IS SO INTERESTING ABOUT SOME OF THESE CASES THAT IT'S REALLY NOT BEEN ABOUT THE JUDGES PERSONAL BELIEFS. AS MUCH AS IT IS ABOUT FOLLOW -- IT SHOULDN'T BE. EXACTLY. IT SHOULD BE ABOUT THEM FOLLOWING THE LAW. FOR EXAMPLE IN THE MICHIGAN CASE A REAGAN APPOINTEE ABSOLUTELY DESTROYED THE REGENEROUS STUDY WHICH WAS THE SCHOLARSHIP THAT WAS RELIED ON BY OUR OPPONENTS LAST WEEK. AND THIS WAS A JUDGE WHO IS A PRETTY CONSERVATIVE GUY BUT WHO SEES THAT THE DIGNITY OF COUPLE IS AT STAKE HERE. THE DIGNITY OF GAY AND LESBIAN INDIVIDUALS AND COUPLES AND FAMILIES AND OUR RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION. ON THAT NOTE WE ARE GOING TO BE TAKING THIS UP ON THE ROUND TABLE. WE WILL. IN JUST A MINUTE ELIZABETH SCHWARTZ ALWAYS GREAT TO HAVE YOU COME. THANK YOU. WE WILL BE ON TENT EVER HOOKS AS WILL YOU UNTIL THE JUDGE RULES. THANK YOU. UP NEXT WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THIS AND OTHER BIG HEADLINES OF THE WEEK TO OUR ROUND TABLE. STAY WITH US. WELCOME BACK. THIS HOLIDAY WEEK WAS A BUSY ONE AND IT HAD A THEME. LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. IN THE HEADLINES THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT THAT MARKS 50 YEARS NOW AND THE LEGAL DEBATE OVER SAME-SEX MARRIAGE THAT SOME CALL THE CIVIL RIGHTS FIGHT OF OUR TIMES. SO LET'S GET SOME INFUTURE ON THOSE AND OTHER TOPICS FROM OUR POWERHOUSE ROUND TABLE WITH US TODAY. ARE JAMES GRIFFIN OF BROWARD BORN AND RAISED MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL WHO WAS NAMED FLORIDA'S PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR A FEW YEARS AGO. AND HE WAS HONORED R50E7B8 WITH THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN ACHIEVER AWARD. STEVE ROTHHAAS IS A VETERAN SOUTH FLORIDA JOURNALIST AND COLUMNIST FOR THE "MIAMI HERALD" WHO COVERS LGBTQ ISSUES FOR THE "MIAMI HERALD". I HAVE LEARNED TO SAY Q AS WELL, STEVE. THANK YOU. ANYWAY, THANK YOU FOR COMING IN. JAMES, STEVE, GREAT TO SEE YOU. STEVE, YOU WERE IN COURT THIS WEEK, WE SPOKE UP THERE IN THE COURTHOUSE. WE ASKED ELIZABETH SCHWARTZ TO GIVE US HER SENSE OF WHERE THE JUDGE MAY BE GOING. DO YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF, YOU KNOW, WHAT JUDGE ZABEL MAY DO. OF COURSE AS WAS SAID YOU CAN'T READ THE TEA LEAVES. OF COURSE IT IS SAID THAT JUDGE SGLABL IS LIKELY TO RULE WITH THE PLAINTIFF. IT APPEARS WITH BASED ON THE KIND OF QUESTIONS SHE WAS ASKING, AND ALSO IN MY SPEAKING WITH SOME OF THE DEFENDANTS AND THE FRIENDS OF THE CASE WHO ARE PREPARED TO GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THAT SHE PROBABLY WILL RULE WITH THE PLAINTIFFS. YEAH. AND WE SHOULD POINT OUT AS I THINK GLENNA MENTIONED EARLIER, WHATEVER HAPPENS, WHICHEVER WAY THE JUDGE RULES THERE'S GOING TO BE AN APPEAL. RIGHT. TO THE THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL AND A EVENTUALLY PROBABLY TO THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT IF THEY GRANT CERT. AND HERE WITH THE CASE THEY IN FACT MAY NOT IF THEY'RE ASKED TO. ABSOLUTELY. AND THERE'S ANOTHER CASE IN MONROE COUNTY WHICH MIRRORS THE CASE IN DADE COUNTY. THERE IS, TOMORROW MORNING. THAT HEARING IS TOMORROW MORNING IN PLANTATION KEY. AND THERE WILL BE INSTEAD OF SIX PLAINTIFF COUPLES THERE WILL BE ONE PLAINTIFF COUPLE. THEY ARE GAY BARTENDERS IN KEY WEST WHO WOULD LIKE TO MARRY. THEY'VE BEENING TO ABOUT 11 YEARS. AND THEY ARE SUING FOR THE RIGHT TO MARRY JUST AS THESE SIX COUPLES ARE SUING. YEAH. JAMES GRIFFIN SO, GOOD TO YOU HAVE HERE, PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR, EDUCATOR AND -- FIRST-TIMER ON THE ROUND TABLE. YES. GLAD TO YOU HAVE ON THE ROUND TABLE. THIS COMPARISON BETWEEN THE FIGHT OF THE GAY LESBIAN COMMUNITY FOR THE SAME RIGHTS THAT HETEROSEXUALS HAVE, HAS BEEN COMPARED MANY TIMES TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS FIGHTS. WELL, I'M OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER AND I KNOW PEOPLE WHO TOOK PART IN THE 1960s MARCHES. MARCHED A LITTLE BIT MYSELF. AND I KNOW SOME BLACK PEOPLE WHO SAY I AM'S OFFENDED BY THAT. I MEAN OUR FIGHT WAS DIFFERENT. I MEAN WE PUT OUR LIVES ON THE LINE AND I SYMPATHIZE WITH GAY PEOPLE BUT YOU KNOW IT'S NOTHING LIKE IT. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? -- ARE YOU OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER SOME OF THOSE THINGS. WHERE I'M JUST OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE READ SOME OF THOSE THINGS IN HISTORY. I THINK THAT THE GOVERNMENT ALWAYS INTERVENES IN A LOT OF THINGS. WHEN YOU GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND WHAT WE FIND OUT IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT A LOT OF LAWS ARE STILL ON THE BOOKS AND AMENDMENT 13, 14 AND 15. AND WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS ABLE TO DO WITH THE CIVIL RIGHTS IS TO COME BACK AND SAY HEY, THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE TO ENFORCE THOSE THINGS. FROM AN EDUCATION STANDPOINT I LIKE TO SAY THAT EVERYTHING YOU LEARNED, YOU LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN. THE SO ROUGHLY-- SO THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT TAUGHT US HOW TO PLAY IN THE BOX. AS WE LOOK AT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WHAT WE FOUND OUT IS THAT THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE, WRETCH HE-- WE'VE ACTUALLY TOOK A LOT OF GOALS BUT WE'VE MISSED THE MISSION OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. THAT IS WHAT I WOULD SAY. AND THE MISSION IS TEACHERS ALL HIRED TO PLAY TOGETHER IN THE SAND BOX SO YEAH, WE'RE NOW WORKING TOGETHER. WE STAND NEXT TO EACH OTHER. WE GO INTO RESTAURANTS TOGETHER, BLACKS AND WHITES BUT OF LOCALS BEING ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER, AS IT IS WITH GAY ISSUES AS WITH EDUCATIONAL ISSUES, AS WITH ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY AND INTERNET, WE ALL COME TOGETHER AND SOLVE OUR OWN ISSUES WITHOUT SO MUCH GOVERNMENT INFLUENCE. YOU SAY YOU ARE NOT OLD ENOUGH TO BE THERE BUT YOU KNOW PEOPLE. BUT ARE YOU OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE SEEN THE EFFECTS OF IN THE ONLY THE ACT BUT KNOW WHAT THE AFFECTS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE AND PERHAPS NOT SEE SOME OF THOSE. RIGHT. AND I ACTUALLY SEE WHEN YOU FOLLOW SOME OF THEM, I THINK THE BROWARD COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS DONE A GREAT JOB WITH THE GAY AND LESBIAN ACT, WITH THE STATE AND ALSO NATIONALLY. WE ALSO HAVE MOVED TO A GROUP CALLED-- WHICH IS HELPING HOMOSEXUALS IN THE WORKPLACE AND HOW THEY ARE DEALING WITH THOSE THINGS. SO I THINK WHEN YOU GO ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ARE LOOKING AT WHAT IS HAPPENING TO GAYS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THEY ARE GOING THROUGH SOME SIMILAR THINGS FROM HATE ACTS AND HATE CRIMES AND A LOT OF THINGS ARE GOING ON. SO IT IS VERY SERIOUS WHAT IS HAPPENING. WE CAN'T TURN OUR EYE TO IT. GOING BACK TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS AGO, I THINK THERE IS AN ABILITY FOR TO US BE ABLE TO SEE WE'RE ALL PEOPLE, WE'RE ALL UNITED AND IT'S ABOUT ENJOYING THE AMERICAN DREAM. YEAH. YOU KNOW, TO BOTH OF YOU, LET ME JUST SIMPLY SAY I CERTAINLY LIVE THROUGH, YOU WERE BOTH VERY YOUNG BUT YOU KNOW, THE ERA OF FORCED BUSING AS MANY CALLED IT THERE, WHEREAS A REMEDY FOR THE SEGREGATED SCHOOLS, CHILDREN WERE BUSED ALL OVER. THEY CALLED IT INTEGRATION, THERE WAS A NAME FOR IT. IT WAS A PART OF INTEGRATION. IT CERTAINLY HAPPENED HERE IN SOUTH FLORIDA, IT HAPPENED ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. BUT STUDIES HAVE SHOWN, JAMES, THAT OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, SEVERAL YEARS, COMMUNITIES HAVE BECOME SELF-SEGREGATING. AND THE NUMBER OF ALL-BLACK SCHOOLS OF VIRTUALLY ALL BLACK SCHOOLS OR ALL WHITE SCHOOLS IS AS HIGH AS IT HAS EVER BEEN. I MEANS THAT'S NOT A GOOD THING. YES, I THINK WE HAVE TO ALSO REMEMBER THAT SCHOOLS ARE INDICATIVE OF THE COMMUNITY. SO THE COMMUNITY IS GOING TO BE A MIRROR OF WHAT IS IN THAT PARTICULAR COMMUNITY SO I THINK THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT ALLOWED TO US PROGRESS, WE FORGOT THE PROCESS. AND WE'RE LOOKING AT THE PROCESS WE HAVE TO BEGIN TO LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING IT IN THE SCHOOLS. AND THE SCHOOLS ULTIMATELY AFFECT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN-- RATES AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT RATES THAT SHOWS YOU HOW YOU PURCHASE CERTAIN HOMES AND THAT IS HOW YOU BEGIN TO SEGREGATE CERTAIN THINGS. WE HAVE MAGNET SCHOOLS IF YOU GO BACK ABOUT 30 YEARS TO HELP INTEGRATE SCHOOLS. AND NOW WE'RE -- AND THEY STILL DO. AND THEY STILL DO. ALTHOUGH WHEN YOU LOOK AT STATISTICS IN THE DATA OF A LOT OF MAGNET SCHOOLS ARE YOU STARTING TO SEE THEY BECOME SEGREGATED ALSO AND "TIME" MAGAZINE ACTUALLY SPOKE ABOUT THAT, THEY WANT TO ISSUE PROBABLY ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. I CAN REMEMBER THAT. SO I THINK IN ORDER TO MAKE THINGS BETTER YOU HAVE TO MAKE SCHOOLS BETTER. WHEN YOU MAKE SCHOOLS BETTER THEN PEOPLE INTEGRATE. I THINK THAT'S THE AHEAD OF US AND THEN I THINK THAT WILL SOLVE A LOT OF THOSE PARTICULAR ISSUES. I JUST WANTED TO BRING UP THAT BROWARD COUNTY SCHOOLS, THEY LEAD THE NATION, REALLY, IN TERMS OF TRAINING, AND EDUCATION IN TERMS OF LGBT ISSUES. HOW SOING THAT'S INTERESTING. LAST YEAR I DID A STORY ABOUT A TRAINING MANUAL THAT WAS DEVELOPED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD WITH THE SUPPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT RUNCI THAT BASICALLY IS A MANUAL, A GUIDE TO TEACHERS ON HOW TO INTERACT AND HOW TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS OF LGBT YOUTH. SO LIKE A SENSITIVITY TRAINING. IT GOES BEYOND THAT, ACTUALLY. BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS ACTUALLY TO BE USED IN THE CLASSROOM BUT IN TERMS OF FOR INSTANCE HOW TO SPEAK TO CHILDREN WHO ARE BULLYING OTHER CHILDREN. IS THAT IN MIAMI DADE AS WELL, DO YOU KNOW? THEY HAVE A SIMILAR PROGRAM BUT NOTHING AS EXTENSIVE AS IN BROWARD. THEY DO HAVE, YOU KNOW, TRAINING IN DADE COUNTY SCHOOLS BUT BROWARD ACTUALLY PUT TOGETHER A MANUAL THAT WAS-- WITH THE HELP OF OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS AROUND THE COUNTRY. AND INTRODUCED IT LAST YEAR. STEVE, I HAVE PO POINT OUT THAT YOU HAVE BEEN AT THE HERALD I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY, 35,-- 25, 30 YEARS. STARTED WHEN HE WAS 9. SO A LONG TIME. AND I THINK THAT IT'S ADMIRABLE THAT THE HERALD HAS RECOGNIZED YOUR TALENTS AND GIVEN YOU A BEAT. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY OTHER NEWSPAPERS OR MEDIA IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE SOMEBODY WHO IS CONSIDERING-- COVERING THESE ISSUES. BUT YOU KNOW, MORE POWER TO THE HERALD THAT THEY ALLOW TO YOU DO IT. NO OTHER MAINSTREAM NEWSPAPERS IN THE UNITED STATES, MAINSTREAM NEWSPAPERS HAVE A REPORTER WHO COVERS A DEDICATED LGBT BEAT. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I KNOW FIRSTHAND THROUGH MY WORK WITH THE NATIONAL LESBIAN GAY JOURNALIST ASSOCIATIONS, THROUGH THE UNITY JOURNALIST GROUP, THROUGH THE NLGGA WHICH IS THE GAY JOURNALIST GROUP. WE PRODUCED A FILM EARLIER THIS YEAR ABOUT THE HISTORY OF GAY RIGHTS, CALLED THE DAY IT SNOWED IN MIAMI. IT IS A HISTORY OF GAY RIGHTS. EXCELLENT DOCUMENT'. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IT'S SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF DADE COUNTY BEGINNING WITH THE ANITA BRYANT YEAR TAKING TO US TODAY. AND WHEN WE DEBUTTED THE FILM I VERIFIED THEN THAT I AM THE ONLY PERSON WHO DOES THIS. AND YOU KNOW, FOR BETTER OR WORSE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT OBVIOUSLY-- . FOR BETTER. THANK YOU. I'M GLAD YOU ARE. JAMES, YOU ARE HEADQUARTERED, LIVE IN BROWARD COUNTY BUT LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING. I HAVE MET A CHARTER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL THE OTHER DAY AT A, IT WAS AT A POLITICAL EVENT DOWN IN OVERTOWN. AND HE POINTED OUT TO ME IN A PRIVATE CONVERSATION, I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE HIS NAME. HE SAID ALONG THIS CORRIDOR, SEVENTH AVENUE UP 441 FROM OVERTOWN THROUGH LIBERTY CITY ALL THE WAY UP TO WHAT USED TO BE CAROL CITY AND NOW MIAMI GARDENS, HE SAID OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS, A BILLION DOLLARS OR SO HAS BEEN SPENT TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO LIVE IN THESE NEIGHBORHOODS, GO TO THESE SCHOOLS, TRY TO GET EMPLOYED. AND HE SAID IT HASN'T DONE THAT MUCH. I TELL YOU, I TELL YOU, MIKE THAT QUESTION COMES UP QUITE A FEW TIMES. AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF BROWARD COUNTY-- I THINK WHAT YOU ALSO HAVE TO COME BACK AND LOOK AT IS WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP. A LOT OF PEOPLE CALCULATE THE FUNDS, THE MONEY. BUT THEN YOU HAVE TO QUESTION WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP AND WHAT IS THE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THOSE DOLLARS. ALL RIGHT, I'M AFRAID ON THAT NOTE AND IT'S A QUESTION WE NEED TO PURSUE BUT WE ARE OUT OF TIME SO JAMES THANKS VERY MUCH. STEVE GREAT TO SEE YOU. MIKE DNS. THANKS SO MUCH. WHEN WE COME BACK I WILL SIT DOWN WITH MIAMI DADE MAYOR CAR LOTS JIM EN-- GIMENEZ, WHO IS ABOUT TO PUT OUT HIS BUDGET FOR THE COMING YEAR. YOU WILL HEAR WHY THE MAYOR THINKS IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO GO WHEN WE COME BACK. ONE OF MIAMI DADE MAYOR CARLOS GIMENEZ'S MOST IMPORTANT TASKS IS PREPARING A BUDGET TO RUN COUNTY GOVERNMENT. IT HAS BEEN ESPECIALLY HARD FOR HIM TO DO IT THIS TIME BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT STARTED OUT IN THE HOLE, A $208 MILLION HOLE SOICHLT WENT TO COUNTY HALL THIS WEEK TO FIND OUT HOW THE MAYOR IS GOING TO MAKE UP THAT DEFICIT AND WHETHER IT WILL MEAN JOB CUTS AND FEWER COUNTY SERVICES. MAYOR GIMENEZ, YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON YOUR BUDGET NOW FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS. YOU'RE GOING TO RELEASE IT IN A FEW DAYS. IT'S GONE THROUGH SEVERAL ITERATIONS, A WORK IN PROGRESSMENT BUT YOU'VE ALWAYS SAID THERE WILL NOT BE A TAX INCREASE. IS THERE A TAX INCREASE ON THE BUDGET? NO. THERE WILL NOT BE A TAX INCREASE. BUT THE LIBRARY MILLAGE MAY GO UP A LITTLE BIT. WELL, THERE WILL BE AN OVERALL-- THERE WILL NOT BE AN OVERALL TAX INCREASE. YOU KNOW, VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT WE DID IN FISCAL YEAR 11/12. WE MAY MOVE SOME MILLAGES AROUND BUT THE OVERALL NUMBER WILL NOT INCREASE. AND SO WE'RE LOOKING AT A WAY TO INCREASE THE LIBRARY MILLAGE BUT DECREASE OTHER MILLAGES TO COMPENSATE FOR IT IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE OUR LIBRARIES ARE OPEN, THEY'RE OPEN THE SAME TESTIMONY OF DAYS AND HOURS. BUT WITH FEWER EMPLOYEES. WITH FEWER EMPLOYEES. WE HAVE HAD A PRETTY MAJOR BUDGET CRUNCH. WE ARE DEVELOPING THIS BUDGET UNDER A WORST-CASE SCENARIO, ANTICIPATE NOTHING CONCESSIONS FROM THE UNIONS. ANTICIPATING NO CONCESSIONS IN TERMS OF OUR COST FOR HEALTH INSURANCE WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, EXTREMELY HIGH. AND SO WITH THAT, WHEN YOU HEAR THESE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE THAT WE MAY HAVE TO LAY OFF T IS TAKING IN CONSIDERATION THE WORSE CASE SCENARIO. WE HAVE NOW, WE'RE DOWN TO ABOUT 65 MILLION DOLLARS. WE HAD IT FROM 208. YOU STARTED AT 206 MILLION. WE STARTED AT 208. WE WERE DOWN TO ABOUT 65 MILLION, WHICH NOW THE 65 MILLION MEANS DIRECT SERVICES. THIS IS WHERE YOU KNOW THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD AND WHERE SOME OF THESE CUTS WILL BE PAINFUL. ALL RIGHT, WELL SOME OF THE PAIN IS GOING TO BE IN THE MIAMI DADE POLICE DEPARTMENT. YOU ARE LOOKING AT CUTTING ROUGHLY WHAT, 255 POLICE OFFICERS. WE'RE DOWN TO ABOUT 230. AND BUT THE ONE THING I DID TELL THE DIRECT CERTIFICATE THAT I WANTED NO PATROL OFFICERS TO BE-- WE'RE GOING HAVE THE SAME NUMBER OF PATROL OFFICERS ON THE STREET. NO SPECIALIZED UNITS. THEY'RE GOING TO BE DISBANDED. FEWER PEOPLE IN SOME OF THOSE UNITS. ROBBERY INTERVENTION DETAILMENT BUT THEY ALL HAVE-- THEY WILL STILL BE IN OPERATION. THEY WILL HAVE FEWER PEOPLE IN THEM. WE WILL ALSO HAVE PEOPLE WERE THAT WERE BEHIND DESKS. PEOPLE THAT WERE SUPERVISING FOLKS THEY WILL NO LONGER NEED TO SOUP VICE. THEY NEED TO GO BACK ON THE STREET. THAT IS HOW WE ARE HANDLING THAT. AGAIN, MICHAEL, AT THE END IT WILL BE UP TO-- THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THINGS. THE COMMISSION DOESN'T RAISE THE TAXES, WHICH I HOPE THEY DON'T BECAUSE I'M NOT GOING TO PROPOSE IT. AND THEN THE UNIONS DON'T COME TO THE TABLE WITH SOME CONCESSIONS THEN IT'S REALLY GO BE TO BE HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE LAID OFF, REALLY UP TO THEM. YOU STARTED WITH A POSSIBILITY OF 700 LAYOFFS. YES. BUT YOU'VE KEPT CUTTING THAT DOWN BUT THERE ARE STILL HOW MANY PEOPLE THEORETICALLY WOULD BE LAID OFF? THERE ARE MORE THAN 700. THEORETICALLY NOW UNDER WORST-CASE SCENARIO NOW THAT WE ARE DOWN TO ABOUT 65 MILLION DOLLARS, WE'RE ABOUT CLOSE TO 800. PEOPLE MAYBE LAID OFF. AGAIN, THAT WILL ALL AT THE END WILL BE DICTATED BY THE CONCESSIONS THAT WE CAN NEGOTIATE WITH THE UNION. YEAH. AND YOU AT ONE POINT HAD SAID I'M GOING TO ASK ALL COUNTY EMPLOYEES TO GIVE US A 10% PAY CUT. YOU'VE PULLED BACK ON THAT AND YOU SAID I WANT BENEFIT CONCESSIONS ON HELP. WHAT ARE THE CONCESSIONS YOU WANT? WELL, IN THE CONTRACTS RIGHT NOW THERE ARE CONCESSIONS THAT THE EMPLOYEES HAVE GIVEN US FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. NOW MIND YOU THE EMPLOYEES HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED, YOU KNOW, 9% BACK IN TERMS OF AT LEAST THEIR HEALTH CARE CONTRIBUTIONS. THAT'S ELIMINATED. THEY'VE GOTTEN AT LEAST A 9% RAISE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS BUT THERE ARE SOME OTHER CONCESSIONS THAT REMAIN. BUT THEY ARE SCHEDULED TO END OCTOBER 1s. WHAT I'M ASKING IS THAT WE EXTEND THOSE CONCESSION, IN OTHER WORDS, I'M NOT ASKING TO TAKE ANY MORE FROM THE PAYCHECK. nd THAT THE UNIONS WORK WITH THE ADMINISTRATION TO REDUCE THE COST OF HEALTH CARE BY 15% SIMPLY BY A PLAN WE DESIGNED. AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS THAT WE CAN REDUCE OUR EXTRAORDINARY COST IN HEALTH CARE THAT WILL NOT HURT THE EMPLOYEE. THAT WILL GIVE THEM EXCELLENT HEALTH CARE BUT WE REALLY HAVE AND I'VE SAID IT OVER AN OVER AGAIN, WE HAVE A ROLLS-ROYCE PLAN. WE REALLY NEED TO GET DOWN TOO MUCH MORE CONSERVATIVE, A CHEVY T COULD EVEN BE A CADILLAC OR-- A ROLLS-ROYCE. RIGHT NOW WE PAY OVER $400 MILLION IN HEALTH CARE. I SAW THE OTHER DAY THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF POLICIES THAT ARE IN PLACE THAT HAVE BEEN IN PLACE FOR A WHILE ABOUT THREE BUS DRIVERS COULD BE PAID WHILE ONLY ONE DRIVES A BUS. OTHER REALLY JUST OUTRAGE US KINDS OF POLICIES THAT ARE IN EFFECT. I MEAN HOW CAN THESE GO ON? THEY CAN'T. THAT'S WHY ALSO A PART OF THE CONCESSIONS OR THE NEGOTIATIONS ARE THESE ARE MANAGEMENT RIGHTS THAT WERE GIVEN AWAY A LONG TIME AGO. BY THE COMMISSION. BY THE COMMISSION. AND BY PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS. THEY WERE MANAGING RIGHTS GIVEN AWAY A LONG TIME AGO. THE UNIONS WILL SAY YES, WE GAVE UP SOMETHING FOR THOSE CONCESSIONS BUT THEY DON'T-- IF IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE T DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. SO THOSE THINGS THAT DON'T MAKE SENSE FROM A MAGAZINE PERSPECTIVE WE'RE GOING TO BE ASK TO ROLL THEM BACK AND GET SOME SEMBLANCE OF SANITY IN THE WAY THAT WE RUN OUR GOVERNMENT. LOOK, FOR ME IT IS SERVICE OVER SELF. LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT DAVID BECHHAM AND HIS SOCCER STADIUM, JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO W YOUR SUPPORT AND THE SUPPORT OF MIAMI MAYOR REGALOTTO AND A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE, BUSINESS LEADERS, CIVIC LEADERS. THERE WAS A HUGE AMOUNT OF EXCITEMENT ABOUT BECHHAM AND HIS GROUP BUILDING THIS $250 MILLION SOCCER STADIUM. AND NOW IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS SORT OF ON LIFE-SUPPORT, IS IT? IT'S UP TO MR. BECHHAM. HIS REPRESENTATIVES CAME TO SEE ME ABOUT 2, 3 WEEKS AGO. SAID THEY WILL TAKE ABOUT 60 TO 90 DAYS TO REEVALUATE EVERYTHING. WE WERE WORKING TOWARD A POSSIBILITY OF A STADIUM AT THE PORT. WHICH I THOUGHT WAS A VERY VIABLE ALTERNATIVE. UNFORTUNATELY A COMPANY PUT OUT A LOT OF MONEY TO REALLY KIND OF POISON THE WELL WITH MISINFORMATION. RICHARD AND ROYAL CARIBBEAN. THEY Z THEY POISONED THE WATER WITH A LOT OF MISINFORMATION. THE COMMISSION DECIDED THEY DIDN'T WANT TO DO THE PORT ANY MORE. WE LOOKED AT ANOTHER PLACE WHICH WHICH WAS THE SLIP, FILLING IN THE SLIP, FILLING IN THE PARK LAND MAYBE THE STADIUM COULD GO THERE. ORIGINALLY HAD THE SUPPORT OF THE MIAMI MAYOR AND SOME COMMISSIONERS AND DECIDED IT WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH DEAL FOR THEM. SO THEY TOLD THEM NO. THE BECHHAM GROUP STILL WANTS TO BE IN PRIME. THEY STILL WANT TO BE SOME-- IN MIAMI, SOMEWHERE IN DOWNTOWN. THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT LAND DOWNTOWN AND SO THEY HAVE TO DO THEIR DUE DILIGENCE OF WHAT IT IS THEY WANT TO DO WHERE IT IS THEY WANT TO DO IT. DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A SITE. THERE WERE SOME OTHER SITES THAT I KIND OF POSED TO THEM AND SAID HERE'S THE POSSIBILITY. HERE'S THE POSSIBILITY. AND BUT A LOT OF THAT IS PRIVATELY OWNED. AND THE PRICES HERE ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN ARE SKYROCKETING. AND SO YOU KNOW, TO ACTUALLY GO OUT RIGHT AND BUY THE LAND IS GOING TO BE VERY EXPENSIVE. THEY COULD GET A DEAL FROM US BECAUSE WE COULD LEASE THE LAND ON A LONG-TERM BASIS. AND BUT YOU KNOW THAT SEEMS LIKE IT'S TO THE GOING TO HAPPEN NOW. IT'S UP TO THEM AM THEY STILL WANT TO BE IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. AND SO I'M WAITING FOR THEM TO TELL ME WHAT IT IS THEY WANT TO DO. I SAID I WAS MORE THAN WILLING TO HELP THEM. I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT. I THINK THE BECHHAM BRAND, ALSO MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER, WITH THE EXCITEMENT OF THE WORLD CUP RECENTLY, YOU KNOW T THIS TOWN REALLY WANTS SOCCER. AND WE DESERVE A WORLD-CLASS SOCCER STADIUM. WITH A WORLD-CLASS TEAM WHICH I THINK MR. BECHHAM WILL BRING. BUT YOU KNOW, IT'S IN HIS HANDS RIGHT NOW. I NEED TO ASK YOU A STRICTLY POLITICAL QUESTION BEFORE WE RUN OUT OF TIME. SURE. YOU ARE HOLD A NONPARTISAN OFFICE. YOU'RE NOT LKTED AS A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT. BUT YOU ARE A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN. HAS GOVERNOR SCOTT APPROACHED YOU AND SAID HEY, MAYOR GIMENEZ, ENDORSE ME. AND WHAT DO YOU SAY TO HIM. YEAH, HE HAS. AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT GOVERNOR SCOTT EVERY TIME I'VE CALLED HAS BEEN RESPONSIVE. I DO CREDIT HIM A LOT WITH A LOT OF THE JOB CREATION THAT WE HAVE HERE IN THIS COUNTY. WE'VE HAD VERY GOOD JOB CREATION IN THIS COUNTY. WE'RE VERY MUCH SYNCED UP-- CREATING JOBS IS OUR MANTRA, DIVERSIFYING THE ECONOMY IS MINE HERE IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO DO AS A MAYOR, CONTINUE TO DO AS THE MAYOR. AND SO WHAT I HAVE SAID IS YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE BEEN A STRAIGHT UP PERSON. AND WHEN THE TIME COMES, YOU KNOW, I WILL BE CONSIDERING IT. BUT YEAH, HE'S ASKED. UH-HUH. CHARLIE CRIST. NO, HE HASN'T. CHARL YEE CRIST HAS NOT ASKED ME TO ENDORSE HIM. I KNOW THE FORMER GOVERNOR. BUT HE HASN'T CALLED AND ASKED ME TO ENDORSE HIM. FINALLY, ARE YOU HAVING FUN DOING THIS? YEAH, I DO. I HAVE FUN DOING THIS. BECAUSE I GET A KICK OUT OF SOLVING PROBLEMS. WE STARTED OUT WITH A $208 MILLION PROBLEM, NOW IT'S DOWN TO 65. BUT IT'S A PROBLEM. AND WE'RE GOING TO FIX IT I WANT TO GET MIAMI-DADE COUNTY ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A SUSTAINABLE BUDGET. I WANT JOB CREATION IN THIS COUNTY. I LOVE WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH START-UPS. I LOVE WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH INCENTIVE SIZING THE EMERGE AMERICA'S CONFERENCE. YOU KNOW, I FINALLY GOT THE DEALS WITH THOSE STADIUMS DONE. SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT FOR A LONG TIME. RIGHTSIZING THIS GOVERNMENT, MOVING IT FORWARD, CREATING CONFIDENCE. AND YEAH, I'M HAVING FUN DOING THAT. AND YOU KNOW I WANT TO CREATE A LEGACY WHERE AT THE END PEOPLE SAY, YOU KNOW, MIAMI-DADE COUNTY IS A BETTER PLACE. HE LEFT IT IN BETTER CONDITION THAN WHEN HE GOT IT. AND HERE IS THE PROOF. MR. MAYOR, THANKS VERY MUCH. THANK YOU. AND MAYOR GIMENEZ WILL FORMALLY UNVEIL HIS PROPOSED BUDGET ON TUESDAY. ALL RIGHT, COMING UP A SOUTH FLORIDA CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER REFLECTS ON WHAT IT WAS LIKE HERE IN 1964 WHEN THE CIVIL RIGHTS BILL BECAME LAW. THEY WILL MA GIBSON WAS THE FIRST AFTERAN AMERICAN NURSE-- AFRICAN-AMERICAN NURSE TO WORK AT A SOUTH FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL. AND THAT IS JUST THE BEGINNING AM WILL YOU MEET HER COMING UP NEXT. THIS WEEK MARKS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT AND WE ARE HERING FROM THE LATEY WHOM YOU SEE HERE A CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER IN SOUTH FLORIDA. THEY WILL MA GIBSON WAS A NURSE IN SOUTH FLORIDA AT THE TIME THAT LAW WAS ENACTED AND NOW A HALF CENTURY AFTER SHE IS A LIVING ROLE MODEL OF THAT HISTORY WHO KNOWS THERE IS MUCH MORE TO DO. TODD VISITED MISS GIBSON THIS WEEK. MAMA ALWAYS SAID TO US YOU DON'T LET NOBODY KEEP YOU DOWN. 87-YEAR-OLD THEY WILL MA GIBSON IS ONE OF SOUTH FLORIDA'S CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEERS AND SHE WILL NEVER FORGET THAT FAITHFUL DAY 50 YEARS AGO WHEN PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON SIGNED THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964.

Gimenez made several promises during his 2011 campaign including a 12 percent property tax cut, which has contributed to a deficit.  Gimenez was set to reduce the special property tax and increase the library property tax.

While some fear the cuts will end up hurting residents, others believe some Miami-Dade County employees are overpaid and Gimenez needs to keep a better eye on mismanagement.

Earlier this year, Local 10 News reporter Ross Palombo reported tens of millions of dollars were dealt out to Miami-Dade County employees who were not working their assigned jobs. Gimenez had approved some of the expense.

Palombo also reported Miami-Dade County was using tax payers money to fund holiday season party videos that included the use of songs like "Gangnam Style" since 2010.  The videos were meant to be a "team-building" exercise.