State Budget

Florida Capitol

Forecasters: State Budget Up, Dangers Remain

State forecasters added nearly $400 million to estimated tax revenues over the next year and a half — but warned that dangers like the “fiscal cliff” could still damage a fragile economic recovery powering the gains.

CBS4–12/16/2012

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A Closer Look At Florida’s Amendment 3

This November’s ballot is the longest in South Florida history. The reason: 11 constitutional amendments, some as long as a half of page. On the ballot, Amendment 3 is titled State Government Revenue Limitation. In simple English that means a new formula for the state budget.

CBS4–10/18/2012

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Budget Forecast Reveals Florida Turning Financial Corner

A new budget forecast released this week by state economists shows the state is expecting in 2013 to bring in enough money to meet its needs for public schools and health care programs, with $1 billion still left for reserves.

CBS Miami–09/06/2012

Florida Legislature. (Source: AP)

Session Ends But Not For Long, Shifting Focus To Redistricting

Florida legislators will return to the Capitol on Wednesday, less than a week after the final day of the regular session after Gov. Rick Scott called a 15-day extraordinary session so lawmakers can redo redistricting.

CBS4–03/10/2012

Courtroom Generic Gavel

Republicans Still Unhappy With Pension Ruling

Gov. Rick Scott and Republicans in the Legislature are still unhappy with a judge’s decision to strike down last year’s pension overhaul, with the Senate budget chief declining to rule out defying a court order to repay state employees.

CBS4–03/07/2012

(Source: CBS4) Children in a Florida classroom

Fla. Senate Boosts Schools By More Than $1 Billion

Lawmakers in Tallahassee actually want to spend more money on state schools.

CBS4–02/07/2012

Governor Rick Scott

Gov. Scott To Release His Budget Next Week

As state lawmakers get ready to battle over spending cuts to make up for a $2 billion shortfall, Gov. Rick Scott is readying to release his 2012-13 budget recommendations.

CBS4–11/30/2011

(Source: AP)

Cities Look To Pensions To Fill Budget Holes

As the economy continues to sputter, city and state governments are turning against their own workers to make up the financial shortfall. The latest cuts are targeting pension plans which have pushed some cities to the brink of financial ruin.

CBS4–09/14/2011

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Fla. Welcome Signs With Scott’s Name Costing $8K-Plus

Travelers visiting Florida will get a personal welcome from Gov. Rick Scott. Scott has defended spending $8,800 to put his name on highway signs welcoming travelers to Florida.

CBS4–05/18/2011

(Source: AP)

Fla. Welfare Drug Testing May Get State Funding

The Senate Budget Committee’s chairman says he’ll try to find state dollars to reimburse welfare applicants who pass drug tests that would be required by pending legislation

04/16/2011

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