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Gov. Scott: Prepare for Shutdown if Budget Talks Fail

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Gov. Rick Scott is asking agency heads to list only their critical needs as the Legislature prepares to hold a special session over the state budget.

Scott sent the letter to agency heads Thursday and told them to prepare in case the budget impasse results in state government shutting down July 1.

The Legislature is returning to Tallahassee June 1 after leaving its regular session without a budget agreement.

The House and Senate are divided over whether to expand health care coverage to 800,000 Floridians, with both chambers opposed to the idea. If it's not expanded, Florida could lose more than $1 billion in federal hospital aid.

Scott's letter was sent the day after the House and Senate said they were making progress on budget talks.

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