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Senate Prez Says Budget Vote Could Happen Friday

With negotiations still ongoing, Senate President Andy Gardiner said Monday he expects lawmakers will be able to vote Friday on a budget and end a special legislative session

06/15/2015

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Lawmakers Strike Deal On Economic Development

Negotiators from the House and Senate slashed almost $60 million in economic development spending Saturday as the Legislature drew closer to an elusive final deal on a state budget for the year that begins July 1.

06/13/2015

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House Backs Off Bonding For Education, Environment

House leaders backed off a request for tens of millions of dollars in bonding for education and environmental projects Thursday, removing one of the stumbling blocks to a final deal on a state spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1.

06/11/2015

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Lee Blasts ‘Hypocritical’ House As Talks Continue

Even as a flare-up in negotiations on economic-development spending demonstrated simmering tensions between the House and Senate, lawmakers continued Monday to try to come to agreement in two areas that helped spark an ongoing special session: funding for health care and environmental projects.

06/08/2015

File photo of a doctor wearing a stethoscope. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Senators Rake Medicaid Official Over Coals

The legislative battle over health care heated up as a Senate committee grilled a high-ranking official from Florida Governor Rick Scott’s administration.

06/02/2015

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Lower LIP Funding Sets Stage For Session Debate

Florida can anticipate about $1 billion in funding for a health-care program at the center of a state budget standoff, a high-ranking federal official wrote in a letter Thursday, giving lawmakers a better idea of what to expect when they begin a special session next month.

05/21/2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks to the media during a visit to SeaLand shipping lines new Intra-Americas headquarters on January 23, 2015 in Miramar, Florida. Scott announced that Florida businesses added 11,500 private-sector jobs in December 2014 and since December 2010, Florida has added 728,500 private-sector jobs. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Scott Raises Specter Of Government Shutdown

Gov. Rick Scott raised the possibility Thursday that state government could shut down because of a budget impasse in the Legislature and asked agencies to outline services that need to keep running regardless of whether lawmakers reach an agreement.

05/14/2015

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House, Senate Still At Odds Over Budget Negotiations

House and Senate leaders continued to swap offers on the broad outlines of a budget Friday, but remained far apart on more than just the numbers, with divisions remaining on the conditions for negotiations and the mechanics of how to bridge the differences.

04/24/2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott attends a road expansion event at the Casa Maiz restaurant as he fields questions from reporters about climate change on March 9, 2015 in Hialeah, Florida. Recent reports indicate that the Florida governor allegedly issued orders for certain state agencies to not to use the term 'climate change' or 'global warming' in any official communications, emails, or reports. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Senators Question Scott Administration’s Handling Of LIP

Senators raised questions Wednesday about how Gov. Rick Scott’s administration has handled negotiations with the federal government over billions of dollars in health-care funding that has thrown the state budget process into disorder.

04/15/2015

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Testing Bill On Hold Amid Debate Over High-Level Courses

Legislation that would overhaul Florida’s testing program for public schools was in suspended animation Wednesday, as senators weigh whether to exempt some students in high-level classes from statewide standardized tests.

04/02/2015

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