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Over $3B budget gap between Florida House, Senate

March 28, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

TALLAHASSEE (AP) - The Florida Senate's tentative budget would spend nearly $3.3 billion more than the House version.

The proposed Senate spending plan that was released Monday totals $69.8 billion for the budget year beginning July 1. The House budget bill released last week would spend $66.5 billion.

The two chambers, though, differ little on public school spending. Each would cut school spending about the same amount per student - the House by 6.8 percent and the Senate by 6.2 percent.

Both are lower than the current $70.5 billion budget but higher than Gov. Rick Scott's $65.9 billion recommendation.

Budget committees in both chambers are expected to vote out appropriations bills this week. That will set up floor votes and then joint conference committees to iron out their differences.



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