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Andy Gardiner
Feds offers Florida plan aimed at solving state budget mess

The Obama administration offered Thursday to extend Florida's hospital funds for another two years, but only at about half the amount the state received last year — a deal that might help fill a $1 billion state budget hole and resolve a legislative stalemate. The proposal is still subject to a formal review but federal officials said they wanted to work with the state in good faith, recognizing that the Legislature needs to pass a budget by June 30 to avoid a state government shutdown. The proposal puts states with large numbers of uninsured residents like Florida and Texas — which have refused to expand Medicaid — on notice that the Obama administration will not...