Florida Governor Rick Scott slashed $461 million worth of projects from the budget passed by Florida lawmakers last week during a special session.
Supporters of Amendment 1 filed a lawsuit Monday claiming state lawmakers in a newly approved budget misappropriated more than $300 million of the money voters wanted for environmental land management and acquisition.
The budget battle between Republicans in the Florida Legislature will likely continue in 2016, despite a temporary truce.
As the special session wrapped up Friday evening, House and Senate leaders were already looking ahead toward the 2016 regular session.
After worries about cuts earlier in the year, legislative leaders have agreed to pour $13 million into the Early Steps program, which serves babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities or delays.
Planning to vote on a new $78.7 billion budget quickly after a review period ends, the Florida Senate will hold an afternoon session Friday to explain and debate the spending plan.
Negotiators from the House and Senate slashed almost $60 million in economic development spending Saturday as the Legislature drew closer to an elusive final deal on a state budget for the year that begins July 1.
The future of a sport stadium funding budget may not look too good with just over a week left in a special legislative session.
Lawmakers struck a deal Friday on how to spend about $2 billion in hospital funding in the budget year that begins July 1, clearing a key sticking point in talks about a state spending plan and potentially clearing the way to end a special session next week as scheduled.
The Florida Senate on Friday held a moment of silence for Virgil Riley Runnels Jr., a professional wrestler better known as Dusty Rhodes and “The American Dream.”