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Gary Fineout: 10 things in the state budget you may not know about

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Completely wonky, but still a must-read from Gary Fineout:

Gov. Charlie Crist could act sometime Thursday on the $70.4 billion budget that state lawmakers adopted during their spring session.

Many salient facts about the budget have been reported including that it’s bigger than what Crist himself proposed, that it includes money for items only if Congress kicks in extra federal help, and that it contains many projects pushed by the two budget chiefs in the Legislature.

But there’s always some interesting odds and ends that haven’t gotten much attention. Some of these spending items are perennials and have been in the state budget for years and are unlikely to get vetoed by the governor.

Still it’s a testament to what can get wedged into a 444-page document.

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