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.
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.
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.
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.
Lawmakers in Tallahassee actually want to spend more money on state schools.
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.
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.
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.
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
The state of Florida was already set to face a budget shortfall of roughly $3.62 billion. But, numbers being reconciled on Friday boosted that number to almost $4 billion, after some revenue revisions by state economists that paint a less favorable view of the state’s economic recovery.