Senate and House officials will resume budget negotiations after a quiet Wednesday.
Florida Senate leaders are backing a tax cut package that would extend the annual back to school sales tax holiday to 10 days.
While slicing and dicing other areas of the budget, lawmakers plan to boost the state’s spending on prisons by $43 million to address needs such as replacing vehicles and fixing leaky roofs and to wipe out a years-long deficit.
A number of budget issues moved up the legislative ladder Tuesday, prompting the next round of talks meant to resolve the difference between the House and Senate spending plans.
The state’s House quickly approved a series of bills Thursday morning that will set the stage for budget negotiations with the Senate.
A special 20-day special Florida legislative session is scheduled to get underway Monday afternoon.
Describing it as a “compromise solution,” Senate leaders have released a proposal that would revise their plan for extending health-care coverage to about 800,000 uninsured Floridians.
Every thing from money for teachers and child abuse investigations to how the state responds in the wake of a hurricanes would be impacted if the Florida legislature can’t reach a deal on a new budget in the next couple of weeks.
Florida hospitals have fired back against Gov. Rick Scott in the latest salvo over the governor’s suggestion that the health-care facilities mimic professional baseball teams in sharing revenues.
Florida Governor Rick Scott asked the heads of agencies to list only what they need as the Legislature prepares for a special session to talk about the state budget.