General revenue budget to get bump next year

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Florida lawmakers will have nearly $1.6 billion in additional general revenue available when they craft a 2014-15 budget, according to estimates released this week. The estimates, put together by state analysts, take into account a variety of factors, including increased revenue and money expected to be carried forward from the current fiscal year. In all, the state would have an estimated $28.82 billion in available general revenue in 2014-15, up from $27.26 billion in expected appropriations this year.

The estimates are tentative, and analysts will update projected revenues in the coming months. General revenue is a key part of funding the education, health and criminal-justice systems.