| Jun 1, 2015
| 11:08 AM
TALLAHASSEE – With the clock ticking, legislators returned to the Capitol on Monday, having just 29 days to pass a budget to avert a state government shutdown.
In a special session that got underway Monday, few concrete steps were made toward...
| May 31, 2015
| 5:04 PM
TALLAHASSEE — As legislators return to the Capitol Monday for a second attempt at crafting a budget, they face a deadline to prevent a government shutdown amid lingering resentment between House and Senate Republicans.
There hasn't been much...
| May 29, 2015
| 4:16 PM
The legislature may be at war with itself over Medicaid expansion, but both the House and Senate agree education needs more money.
As with healthcare, there are big differences between the two chambers. The House would provide $23.2 billion in total...
| May 28, 2015
In a good-faith effort to break the health care policy deadlock that has immobilized Tallahassee, Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner unveiled a compromise Tuesday. The ink was barely dry on the plan when House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Gov. Rick...
| May 27, 2015
| 9:00 PM
In a good-faith effort to break the health-care policy deadlock that has immobilized Tallahassee, Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner unveiled a compromise Tuesday. The ink was barely dry when House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Gov. Rick Scott rejected...
| May 26, 2015
| 4:13 PM
TALLAHASSEE — A new Medicaid expansion plan touted as a "compromise" by Senate leaders Tuesday was swatted by Gov. Rick Scott and the House, leaving the state budget impasse without a resolution less than a week before a special session to deal with...
| May 21, 2015
| 2:28 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Federal officials on Thursday made a preliminary $1 billion offer for a Florida health care program that could prove vital to resolving the state’s budget crisis.
But the funding is less than half of what the state has...
| May 15, 2015
| 3:53 PM
TALLAHASSEE — House and Senate leaders formally agreed Friday to meet June 1 for a limited special session to settle their differences over health care spending that brought the regular session to an acrimonious end two weeks ago.
| May 15, 2015
| 2:13 PM
While Florida's budget fight is overshadowing everything in state government these days, it's worth noting that state lawmakers did manage to pass 232 bills in the recently concluded legislative session and Gov. Rick Scott has now begun the dance of...
| May 15, 2015
| 1:30 PM
TALLAHASSEE – House and Senate leaders are edging closer to formally calling lawmakers back for a special session to solve the budget dispute, but the ripple effect of the bruising political fight over health care has hospitals on edge and local...
| May 14, 2015
| 7:22 AM
In local public-affairs programming this weekend:
"Central Florida Spotlight" and Greg Warmoth look at the budget crisis in Tallahassee. WFTV-Channel 9 will present the program at 7 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Warmoth's guests are Florida...