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  • After a dour half-decade, Florida budget picture inches closer to ‘rosy’

     
    TALLAHASSEE — For the first time in five years, Florida policymakers are looking at a horizon free of projected budget shortfalls, thanks to growing tax collections and cuts to classrooms, road-building and the state’s social safety net. The...
  • Bondi: Foreclosure funds not going to state employee pay raises

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Pam Bondi shot down any speculation that she would let the more than $300 million the state received help fund state employee pay raises. “It will not be used for pay raises if I have anything to do with it,...
  • Alexander keeps budget reins, Gaetz gets tasked with redistricting

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, just announced that J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, would keep the reins as budget chairman, Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, would become rules chair, and Se...
  • Scott’s SunRail freeze becomes leverage with Florida Legislature

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is delaying a final decision about whether to let the $1.2 billion SunRail commuter train in Central Florida move forward until mid-summer, long after the 60-day legislative session ends. The governor has kept $235...
  • Senate pulls a fast one, will cut 6.5 percent from schools after all (sort of)

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Last week, Senate PreK-12 Education Budget Chairman David Simmons said the chamber's classroom spending plan was essentially break-even for school districts. That is, per-pupil student funding wouldn't see much of a cut, at all. But on...
  • Putnam’s school lunch plan receives approval from senate agriculture committee

     
    A bill that would give Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s office the power to decide what to feed kids in schools across the state made it past its first hurdle in the Florida Senate. The senate agriculture committee unanimously approved the...
  • Siplin blasts ethics bill, defends Sansom, and Senate committee shoots it down

     
    TALLAHASSEE — A Florida Senate committee introduced one ethics proposal Tuesday that would bring more scrutiny to the financial investments of legislators and block them from voting on measures that they could financially benefit from. But with...
  • Senate budget give wins to private prison vendors and Rick Scott

     
    TALLAHASSEE – The early winners in the Florida Senate’s $69.8 billion budget include private prison vendors, property owners miffed with water-management districts, and Gov. Rick Scott. The Senate’s spending proposal includes several...
  • Is Senate tollroad takeover a bail-out for Bo’s Bridge?

     
    By Dan Tracy, Orlando Sentinel Orlando's main road-building agency shifted into full fighting mode Wednesday as the state Legislature seeks to absorb the authority into the department that runs Florida's Turnpike. The takeover, championed by state Sen....
  • Orlando X-way lobbies, but fails, to avoid state takeover

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Officials with the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority tried to make their case to state Senate budget-writers Thursday to avoid a state takeover of the toll-agency. But they didn't make much of an impression. After fielding...
  • Senate budget panel scraps pension compromise

     
    Lawmakers from both parties squabbled over a new proposal to revamp the Florida Retirement System Thursday that emerged this week, after Senate leadership jettisoned a compromise crafted by the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee...
  • Affordable housing in the budget cross-hairs

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Florida House and Senate budget-writers are taking different tracks toward giving Gov. Rick Scott a bigger economic-development arm, and one of the sticking points is whether to abolish a longstanding government fund for affordable-...