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After a contentious legislative session, Florida lawmakers in early May finally agreed on an $83 billion state budget.


Florida’s public education board had its say on a controversial ed bill and the state budget Tuesday.  Public school officials and a state lawmaker presented opposing views on how education policy played out during the legislative session.

Florida's economy is growing, but there are signs of weakness that are limiting how much money legislators will have to spend next year.

Gov. Rick Scott spared the wrath of his veto pen and will let state funding for a University of Central Florida campus in downtown Orlando stay in the budget. The governor vetoed funding last year, but he called Orlando’s mayor to deliver the good news this year.

Budget Set At $82.3 Billion Amid Intrigue, Criticism

Mar 9, 2016

Lawmakers formally unveiled an $82.3 billion budget plan on Tuesday, paving the way for a Friday end to the legislative session and setting up a potential fight with Gov. Rick Scott after curtailing or scuttling his top priorities.

Budget Deal Reached; Session To End On Time

Mar 8, 2016
The Associated Press

House and Senate leaders announced a deal on the state budget during a late-night meeting Monday, pumping more than $120 million in last-minute projects into the spending plan and setting the Legislature on course to end its annual session Friday, as scheduled.

House, Senate Agree On Health Budget

Mar 4, 2016

House and Senate budget chiefs reached agreement Thursday night on two areas of the state spending plan for the year beginning July 1, striking deals on funding for environmental programs and health care.

Budget Talks Likely To Start This Weekend

Feb 26, 2016
MyFloridaHouse.gov

House and Senate leaders said late Thursday they expect formal budget negotiations to start this weekend. An email to lawmakers from Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, did not provide details.

The Florida Senate is proposing $75 million for children's programs at hospitals that serve the poor.

The Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida supports the proposal, which would bring in just over $21 million for facilities in the Tampa Bay area.

The federal government is standing firm in its decision not to increase funding for indigent health care in Florida next year.

State health officials hoped the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would pony up more than $304 million in matching funds for a program called the Low Income Pool, down from a half billion this year.

One Jacksonville Senator isn't worried about the decrease in funds. At least for now.


New Florida Teacher Bonus Program Draws Complaints

Oct 12, 2015
John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

In Brigette Kinney’s design class at Ada Merritt K-8 center in Miami, one of the key concepts is editing and revising ideas after getting feedback.

Her 8th graders create role-playing games based on books they read. And then adjust the games, after watching their classmates play.

Kinney hopes Florida lawmakers will be as open to change as her students.

“I feel that legislators are out of touch with what it means to be a good teacher,” she said.

The Associated Press

 Lawmakers are heading back to Tallahassee on June 1 for a three-week special session.

The Florida Legislature was unable to agree on a single balanced budget during the regular session, which the House sent screeching to a halt three days early.

The divide between the two chambers was sparked by the likely loss of more than $1 billion in federal Low Income Pool money for hospitals that is to set to expire June 30.

Pharmacy Bill, FL Budget Taking Shape

Mar 14, 2014

A Senate panel Thursday unanimously approved a proposal that calls for increased restrictions on out-of-state "compounding" pharmacies that ship medications into Florida.

Compounding pharmacies became a high-profile issue in 2012, when drugs produced at New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts caused hundreds of cases of fungal meningitis in Florida and other states. In general, these facilities create medications that are supposed to be tailored to the needs of individual patients.

Drones, Drugs and More: 150 New Laws Take Effect in Florida Today

Jul 1, 2013
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An overhaul of high school graduation standards, an attempt to ban bongs and additional restrictions on abortion are on a long list of new Florida laws that take effect today.

A measure that critics contend will speed up executions in Florida also is scheduled to take effect, although the Timely Justice Act has already sparked a legal challenge.

More than 150 new laws passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott take effect today. They include the state's $74.1 billion budget, with $480 million that legislators set aside for teacher pay raises.

When Florida Governor Rick Scott signs the state budget into law on Monday, he's expected to use his veto pen on a number of items, including a proposed 3 percent tuition hike for the state's public universities and colleges. The increase could have raised as much as $50 million for the schools.

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Florida House and Senate leaders have set aside less money for education in their initial budget outlines than did Gov. Rick Scott.

Both House and Senate leaders have expressed doubts about Scott's $480 million plan to give teachers a $2,500 across-the-board raise. Scott's budget would have spent $14.3 billion on education.

Associated Press

The $70 billion budget signed by Governor Rick Scott Tuesday contained both good and bad news for the University of South Florida, along with one giant issue still yet to be decided--the fate of USF Polytechnic.

Florida Independent

It was a working weekend for state lawmakers, and they'll likely be even busier this week.  The House and Senate are still trying to hammer together a single balanced budget before the legislative session ends Friday.

Among the issues still unresolved -- funding cuts to state universities and the creation of the state's 12th university, Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland.

Lawmakers must agree on the budget numbers by Tuesday evening to allow for a constitutionally-required three-day cooling off period before a final vote.  The session is scheduled to end this Friday