Florida College System
A second day of negotiations between House and Senate lawmakers over a spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 seemed to highlight longstanding divisions between the two chambers even as legislators tried to come to agreement.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $74.9 billion budget Thursday that would increase spending on public education, bankroll water projects in the Everglades system — and send a shot across the bow of the Florida College System.
Republican legislative leaders are pitching an aggressive state “GI Bill” that would attract more military veterans to Florida and attract more people to the Florida National Guard.
A proposal that would allow Miami-Dade County to ask voters to bolster funding for a local state college and university is back, for a fourth time, before a tax-resistant, Republican-dominated Legislature.