Session Ups and Downs

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

By: Mike Springer

Tallahassee, Fla. -- The hanky has dropped and Florida's $74.5B budget is on its way to the desk of Governor Rick Scott.

State workers and teachers are two of the more successful groups in this year's budget.

Teachers are in line for $480M in across the board raises. State workers could see anywhere from an extra $1,000 to $1,400 each. That's good news for Leon County.

"When you think about North Florida, state government is the life blood of our area,” Rep. Alan Williams, said. “A lot of individuals work at a number of different facilities, whether it's in corrections or here in Tallahassee."

Education is another big winner.

There's $7.2M for voluntary Pre-K for the Big Bend region, Leon County Schools could get more than half a million for disabled adults education. There's also $3 million for projects in Apalachicola Bay and River. Something Senator Bill Montford is proud of.

Other projects include $200,000 for a mobile health unit in Gadsden and $150,000 for drinking water improvements in Gretna.

Governor Scott still has the power to veto items on this budget. He's expected to receive the budget later this month. Once he does, Governor Scott will have 15 days to act.

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