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Florida House Ready to Vote on $74 Billion Budget

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida House is poised to approve a $74 billion budget.

The House is scheduled to give a final vote Friday on its spending plan. The Florida Senate passed its rival budget earlier this week.

Lawmakers have until early May to reach a deal and pass a final state budget. The new budget will cover spending from July 2013 until June 2014.

There are differences between the two budgets. The House, for example, has proposed a six percent tuition hike.

The Senate and House also differ on pay raises for state employees.

The Senate has proposed a three percent across the board raise. But the House is offering a $1,000 a year increase as well as a $400 bonus based on merit.


Associated Press Release
By GARY FINEOUT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A $74 billion spending plan for the state received unanimous approval from the Florida Senate.

The Senate on Wednesday approved a proposed state budget that includes a 3 percent pay raise for state workers and a more than $1 billion increase for the state's public schools.

The budget bill (SB 1500) now heads to the Florida House. The House is expected to debate and vote on a rival spending plan later this week.

The Florida Legislature has until early May to pass a new budget that covers spending from July 2013 until June 2014.

There are differences in the rival plans. For example, the House wants a 6 percent tuition hike for universities. The differences don't appear big enough to keep legislators ending their work on time.


Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida lawmakers are taking their first votes this year on a new state budget.

A Senate budget panel on Wednesday gave swift and unanimous approval to a proposed $74 billion budget.

It didn't go as smoothly in the Florida House. A House panel voted in favor of the budget but Democrats voted against the spending bill.

House Democrats said they could not support the budget since it does not include federal aid to expand Medicaid coverage to the state's poor.

But both the House and Senate are proposing more money for public schools and raises for state workers.

This year's proposals are a turnaround from the last few years when lawmakers were forced to cut programs.

Lawmakers have until early May to send a new budget to Gov. Rick Scott.


Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida legislators are taking their first votes this year on a new state budget.

A Senate budget panel on Wednesday gave swift approval to a proposed $74 billion budget. A House panel is scheduled to vote during the afternoon.

Fueled by growth adding to the state's bottom line, the proposed budgets include more money for public schools and raises for state workers.

This year's proposals are a turnaround from the last few years when lawmakers were forced to cut funding for public schools and universities.

Lawmakers have until early May to send a new budget to Gov. Rick Scott that covers state spending from July 1, 2013 until June 2014.

While there are differences in the rival plans there's not enough to keep from legislators ending their work on time.


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