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  • Secretive midnight spending orgy caps off Florida's legislative session

    Secretive midnight spending orgy caps off Florida's legislative session
    Last week, the Legislature staged a late-night, closed-door meeting to spend $300 million of your tax dollars. No outside input. No public witnesses. Yet all of it your money. Some of the money went to wildly inappropriate places — such as $2...
  • Florida's battle over health care likely to return in 2016

    A bruising budget battle that divided Republicans in the Florida Legislature is over for now, but the truce is likely only to last a few months. Legislators passed a nearly $79 billion budget Friday with just days to spare. Legislators had until July 1...
  • Dr. Phillips Center gets $2 million in last minute budget talks

    Dr. Phillips Center gets $2 million in last minute budget talks
    TALLAHASSEE – The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts will receive $2 million in state money for its planned expansion under a budget agreement reached Saturday by House and Senate negotiators. The money had not been included in previous...
  • Lawmakers agree to conservation funds

    Lawmakers agree to conservation funds
    TALLAHASSEE – A spate of projects to clean up and preserve the environment in Central Florida were included in a deal agreed to by lawmakers in late Sunday night budget talks. Projects in and near the districts of Senate President Andy Gardiner,...
  • Florida legislators reach deal on conservation money

    Florida legislators finally reached a deal late Sunday on how much money should be spent conserving land, but the final amount drew protests from conservation groups who argued lawmakers were ignoring the will of voters. Lawmakers have until the end of...
  • Lawmakers finally cut deal on state budget

    Lawmakers finally cut deal on state budget
    TALLAHASSEE — Leaders of the Florida Legislature agreed to a nearly $80 billion state budget loaded with new projects late Monday, clearing the way for lawmakers to end months of squabbling and adjourn their special session Friday. At a meeting...
  • Budget stalemate finally ends for Florida Legislature

    Florida's contentious and messy budget stalemate that divided the state's Republicans and threatened to force the shutdown of state government is finally over. With just days left, the Florida Legislature has reached a deal on a nearly $79 billion...
  • UCF's downtown campus OK despite less funding, officials say

    UCF's downtown campus OK despite less funding, officials say
    UCF's plan for a downtown campus is still on track even though legislators earmarked just a quarter of the money the school had sought for the project this year, officials said Tuesday. State leaders late Monday appropriated $15 million of the nearly $60...
  • K-12 students gain in Florida's budget plan

    K-12 students gain in Florida's budget plan
    Funding for K-12 students would go up but students in preK and college could see funding cut back. The almost $80 billion state budget plan released Tuesday by the Florida Legislature would increase funding for K-12 students, but South Florida...
  • Florida editorial roundup

    Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: June 16 Miami Herald on state political endeavors: In March, Gov. Rick Scott admitted he could have handled "better" his needlessly duplicitous firing of FDLE chief Gerald Bailey. Indeed, if he had, neither he...
  • Florida set to approve nearly $80 billion budget

    Following a drawn out, contentious battle that saw the state flirt with a partial government shutdown, the Florida Legislature is poised on Friday to approve a nearly $80 billion budget. The final budget is full of winners and losers. Legislators bumped...