Fla. Legislature ready to OK $74.5 billion budget

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 11:29 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 11:29 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers are poised to vote on a $74.5 billion state budget and send it to Gov. Rick Scott.

Flush with cash for the first time in seven years, the budget includes more than $1 billion for public schools.

The budget also includes a pay raise for state workers and money for teacher pay raises.

Legislators did not raise taxes, but they have included in the budget a 3 percent tuition hike for college and university students. Scott has remained steadfastly opposed to tuition hikes.

The budget does not include any federal aid to cover additional people under Medicaid, a key component of the federal health care overhaul.

But lawmakers kept intact a benefit that allows top state officials to pay very little for their own health insurance.

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