Budget Includes $44m For Teacher 'Scholarships'Legislative leaders finalized a budget this week that includes $44 million used to award "scholarships" of as much as $10,000 to teachers based on their ACT or SAT scores.
Florida Legislators Reach Deal On Conservation MoneyEnvironmental groups got a small win after Florida legislators reached a deal to set aside money to buy land for environmental projects – though it’s less than what the groups wanted.
Lawmakers Strike Deal On Economic DevelopmentNegotiators 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.
Lawmakers Strike Deal On Hospital FundingLawmakers struck a deal Friday on how to spend about $2 billion in hospital funding in the budget year that begins July 1, clearing a key sticking point in talks about a state spending plan and potentially clearing the way to end a special session next week as scheduled.
Scott Signs Controversial Adoption BillGov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed 48 bills, including a measure sure to earn him some political heartburn.
House Backs Off Bonding For Education, EnvironmentHouse 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.
Back To School Sales Tax Holiday May Be Longer This YearThe state's annual back to school sales tax holiday could be 10 days longer this year.
Lawmakers Pump Up Prisons BudgetWhile 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.
Lee Blasts 'Hypocritical' House As Talks ContinueEven 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.
House, Senate Agree On Solution To Juvenile-Detention DisputeHouse and Senate budget writers have agreed on a potential solution to a long-running dispute between the state and counties about who pays to lock up juvenile offenders.
Differences Persist In Second Day Of Budget NegotiationsA 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.
House, Senate Agree On LIP Total, Load Up ED BudgetAfter months of federal negotiations and proposals floated by Gov. Rick Scott, the House and the Senate, lawmakers on Saturday reached tentative agreements on how much money should flow to hospitals and other medical providers that care for large numbers of low-income patients.
Florida Legislators Reach Broad Deal On State BudgetState Republican leaders say they have a broad deal on a new state budget.
House Ready To Vote On Trimmed-Down Tax CutsThe House has positioned its dramatically streamlined tax-cut package for a vote on Friday.
House, Senate Still Stuck In Health DebateA rare June special session began Monday with legislative leaders promising to get done with the unfinished business left over from their annual spring meeting: passing a spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1.