Budget talks stalled, but Speaker Cannon optimistic

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While the House and Senate still have no agreement on the allocations of money for specific parts of the budget, House Speaker Dean Cannon expressed confidence of an on-time session finish ?though he said he wasn? guaranteeing it, reports the News Service of Florida. The House has made an offer to the Senate on how much each part of the budget ?education, health and human services and so on ?should get, the necessary starting point to more detailed negotiations on the budget. So far, they?e not in agreement on those broad category amounts, with two weeks and two weekends to go before the scheduled end of the session. ?oday, I think we’re still where we were yesterday, which is we’re making some progress, but progress is sort of in the eye of the beholder,?Cannon said. ? still am confident that we’ll get done on time, but I’m not guaranteeing that we’ll get done on time. I think the most important thing is, with a budget shortfall of this magnitude, it’s most important that we do it right than that we do it quickly.?Cannon also didn? rule out that lawmakers will end the session on May 6 as scheduled without a budget deal, and after a break return in a special budget session.

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