Florida Lawmakers Delay Their Budget Negotiations

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Budget negotiations between the Florida House and Senate won't begin for at least 11 more days.

The two chambers passed differing versions of the state budget last week and the talks had been expected to start Thursday.

But Senate Budget Chairman JD Alexander said Wednesday that
they're on hold.

The Lake Wales Republican said leaders haven't yet resolved
preliminary issues. That includes deciding how many dollars to allocate to each major section of the budget such as education and health care.

Alexander said there'll be no joint conference committee meetings this week or next.

The Senate won't be in session next week due to the Passover and
Easter holidays. The House plans a scaled back schedule.

The House passed a $66.5 billion budget bill. The Senate's version tops $70 billion.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Mary Location: Tally on Apr 14, 2011 at 01:56 PM
    They're doing on purpose. They get paid extra for special sessions.It's been happening for as long as I can remember.
  • by Zoye's Mom Location: Monticello on Apr 14, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    Do you actually mean the State Government is going to shut down like the Federal Government has been threating to do??? YIKS....Just Kidding Sounds good to me!!
  • by Rattlesnake Location: Tallahassee on Apr 14, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    Sorry legislators but there's no state or federal holiday for Easter, Good Friday or Passover! Get your sorry butts back to work or next November, you'll all be fired by us citizens...
  • by eutopia Location: earth on Apr 14, 2011 at 07:41 AM
    just think...if all the haters cried at the same time we could easily take care of water shortage issues...
  • by Just curious Location: Tlh on Apr 14, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    Wonder if they will "delay" all of their Special Interest projects?????????
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 at 09:30 AM in reply to Just curious
      DUH... The special interests are paid for with money that is in the budget!!!
  • by wow Location: tlh on Apr 14, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    i guess there will be a special session....but wait i thought the main purpose this year was to SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS!! LOL what a joke!!
  • by Thom on Apr 14, 2011 at 06:08 AM
    From the Tax Foundation's 2001 State Business Climate Index (This is not some liberal think tank.), released in October of 2010: Florida has the 5th best tax climate for business. The states ahead of Florida are South Dakota, Alaska, Wyoming and Nevada, not exactly places to which people and businesses are clamoring to move. Our business tax climate is fine. The report accompanying the index notes that although the tax environment is a major consideration when businesses decide where to locate, or re-locate, that they also consider the educational systems, infrastructure and quality of life issues. Rick Scott's policies will kill Florida business attractiveness on those criteria, although it MAY take a few years. Rick Scott will be fine; Florida will not.
  • by BS Location: TLH on Apr 14, 2011 at 05:08 AM
    Now starts the posturing and posing and need for a special session. Then they can come out at the 11th hour with the swill they're going to pass and go "see, we worked hard, this is the best we could do for you, and we wanted to make sure we got it right."
  • by Why are they taking a week off? on Apr 14, 2011 at 05:01 AM
    I thought the slogan was Let's Get to Work.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 at 05:31 AM in reply to Why are they taking a week off?
      NO! It's lets get to work destorying the citzens of Florida lives!
  • by Jean Location: Tallahassee on Apr 14, 2011 at 04:21 AM
    Must be nice to get a week off for Easter/Passover. Most of us working people don't get any time off. Come on, legislature, let's get to work! Do your only job--approve a budget, and go home!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 at 05:32 AM in reply to Jean
      You think they believe in Jesus or just want the holiday!
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 at 09:32 AM in reply to
        Do they ALL believe in Jesus - probably not, but that isn't the point.
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