Politicians often have to prioritize items because of time constraints. For state Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, the priority may be money and Sarah Palin over government business and voters.
The House and Senate approved plans Thursday to spend about $75 billion in the budget year that begins July 1, setting up negotiations between the two sides over how much to devote to priorities ranging from education to child welfare to the environment.
The Florida House and Senate are prepared to vote Thursday on each chamber’s preferred version of the 2015 state budget.
Governor Rick Scott was at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center along with members of the University of Miami Health System to highlight cancer research funding.
Some recovery in Florida’s economy has helped give lawmakers a chance to focus on new items rather than the budget.
It started with a visit from a judge to the pastor of Sheridan Hills who wanted to avoid sending kids with behavioral problems to jail. Now, some 46 years later, the Sheridan House continues to provide help for families on everything from counseling to meal planning on a budget and more.
The Congressional Budget Office typically doesn’t make a lot of news, but Tuesday the CBO was front and center in the media. Unfortunately, most in the media and many politicians completely misinterpreted what the CBO reported.
In an election year nothing sells quite as well as tax cuts and with a tough gubernatorial election ahead this year, Governor Rick Scott released his 2015 budget that will target millions in tax cuts among other programs.
Governor Rick Scott will ask state legislators for more money for public schools this year, though it’s less than half of what he asked for last year.
Voters will have an opportunity to vote on a whether a sales tax increase should be allowed.