TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Final unresolved spending issues have
fallen to the two top budget leaders with just a week left in
Florida's annual legislative session.
Senate Budget Chairman JD Alexander and House Appropriations
Chairwoman Denise Grimsley continued their talks Saturday.
Joint budget conference committees bumped remaining issues to
the two leaders after finishing three days of negotiations Friday.
The committees resolved most of the differences between the two chambers. That includes settling on a 7.9 percent, or $540 per student, cut for public schools. Local school districts, though, are expected to make up for most of the reduction from other funding sources.
The budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is expect to top $67 million with nearly $4 billion in spending cuts.