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Andy Gardiner
Florida budget battle may doom tax cuts and school spending

Their session only days old, the Florida House and Senate appeared to already be on a collision course Thursday over how to balance the state budget. Sen. Tom Lee, a Brandon Republican and the Senate budget chief, warned Thursday that the potential loss of more than $1 billion in federal aid for hospitals is forcing the Florida Senate to reconsider big ticket spending items. Lee acknowledged that Gov. Rick Scott's push for nearly $700 million in tax cuts is in jeopardy as well as his push to boost spending on public schools to record levels. "We're at a standstill right now on every funding priority of state government until we address health care," Lee said. Lee said...