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Joe Negron

Next Florida House Speaker contends GOP budget full of waste

Florida's next House speaker — laying the groundwork for a likely contentious 2017 session — says that the state budget put together by him and other Republican leaders is full of wasteful spending that he is now promising to cut.

Rep. Richard Corcoran said Monday that while the GOP has been in complete control of state government for close to 20 years, too many legislators spend "money like a teenager in the mall with a first-time credit card."

"It's not a Republican problem, it's not a Democrat problem, it's a government problem," said Corcoran, a Republican attorney from Pasco County who will be sworn into one of the state's most powerful...