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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