Now Florida legislators may be moving in a different direction.
The $33 million legislators wanted to pump into juvenile justice has been cut by about $12 million.
The decision erases the first raise providers would have received in years.
The reason: political in-fighting over who will eventually lead the senate.
Many providers say the cut comes at a time when they are already strapped for cash.
"They're not going to be able to continue services at the level they are currently providing. The decision that was made by appropriations chairs does not make our community safer. Does not make our schools safer and certainly doesn't make it safer for the children in these programs,” says Roy Miller, of Children’s Campaign, Inc.
Provider representatives plan to appeal to House and Senate leadership to intervene.