TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House is set to vote on a proposed $65.1 billion budget that's split into two separate bills.
House action Friday will set the stage for negotiations with the Senate, which passed its plan Thursday.
The House version (HB 5001, HB 5101) would spend more than $549 million less than the Senate bill (SB 2600).
The Senate bill includes a $1-a-pack increase in Florida's cigarette tax and other revenue-raising provisions not in the House plan.
Also, the House would cut most state employee salaries by 4 or 5 percent.