Budget conference process expected to start next week

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The process of banging out a budget agreement between the House and Senate will hopefully begin some time early next week, House Speaker Dean Cannon said Friday reports the News Service of Florida. “Obviously, there are both some policy choices in the budget and some numeric differences that will have to be ironed out, but I don’t see any insurmountable obstacles toward coming together with conference allocations and getting the budget done,” said Cannon, R-Winter Park, during a meeting with reporters. But Cannon was mum on a key issue for Senate Budget Chairman JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales — whether the University of South Florida’s Lakeland campus will become an independent Florida Polytechnic University. Cannon said he was current more focused on higher-education reforms being promoted by House Education Chairman Bill Proctor, R-St. Augustine, than the USF Polytechnic debate. “I’m going to wait to take a position on that until we see how conference goes,” Cannon said.

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