State House, Senate Take Up Budget Proposals

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Florida House and Senate committees will cast their initial vote Wednesday on their competing budget proposals.

Fueled by growth that is adding to the state’s bottom line, the proposed $74 billion budgets include more money for public schools and a pay raise for state workers.

This year’s proposals are a turnaround from the last few years when lawmakers were forced to cut funding for public schools and universities.

Lawmakers have until early May to send a new budget to Gov. Rick Scott that covers state spending from July 1, 2013 until June 2014.

While there are differences in the rival plans there’s not enough to keep legislators ending their work on time.

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