Senate Approves $74 Billion State Budget

TALLHASSEE (CBS4) – The state’s massive $74 billion spending plan received a unanimous vote of approval from the Senate Wednesday morning.

The Senate approved the proposed state budget which includes a three percent pay raise for state workers and a more than $1 billion increase for the state’s public schools.

The budget now heads to the Florida House which is expected to debate and vote on its own version of the budget as early as the end of the week. The legislature has until early May to pass a new budget that will run through June 2014.

The House is seeking a six percent tuition hike for universities, but other differences don’t look like they will be enough to prevent the legislature from closing the session on time.

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