Florida House to vote on deficit reduction package

Published: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 9:02 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 9:02 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The Florida House is set to vote on a budget-reduction package that includes nearly $1 billion in spending cuts for schools, health care and other state functions.

The chamber is scheduled to take up the plan Thursday. The Senate will follow with floor action on its version Friday. Lawmakers then will work on resolving differences between the two before taking final votes next week.

Besides spending cuts, both plans would tap reserves, shift funds among programs and increase traffic fines.

Lawmakers are meeting in a special session called to deal with an impending deficit of at least $2.3 billion in the current budget year due to a shortfall in tax collections resulting from the nation's sagging economy.

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