Haridopolos: Senate budget to be similar to House’s, Scott’s

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Senate President Mike Haridopolos said Tuesday that his chamber’s proposed budget will likely take shape this week with the release, likely late in the week, of “allocations,” the breakdown of how much each part of the budget will be allocated, reports the News Service of Florida. And, he said, it is likely to resemble, roughly, the two other proposals that have already been seen. The Senate will be, he said, “roughly in line with where the House and the governor is.” That will include an increase in education spending, Haridopolos acknowledged while speaking to reporters, though he urged caution in listening to rumors that the Senate might suggest increasing education spending as much as $1.3 billion. “I don’t know what the final number is, it might not be that high,” he said. But he also said the Senate wanted to do what it could to go along with Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal that lawmakers increase education spending by at least $1 billion.

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