Budget allocations may come this week on Senate side

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Budget allocations, the amounts of money earmarked for each part of the proposed budget, are likely to be finalized by Senate budget writers by the end of next week, a spokeswoman for the Senate said Friday.

Katie Betta, spokeswoman for Senate President Don Gaetz, said Senate Budget Chairman Joe Negron and other leaders will work over the weekend to try to reach a final figure on how much will be allocated to education, and how much to health care and other parts of the proposed Senate budget. Once budget subcommittees know what they will have to work with, they can more easily begin crafting the details of the individual pieces of the proposed spending plan. House leaders haven’t said when they’ll produce budget allocations.

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