House Democrats won’t boycott budget

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Despite all the drama from the past couple of days, don’t expect a big clash on the state’s $74.5 billion budget on Friday, reports Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald.

Florida House Minority Leader Perry Thurston said Thursday the Democrats won’t be voting along any prescribed party line when the budget come up for a vote.

“There will be some who will voting for the budget, and they’ll have legitimate reasons to vote for it, which I think are legitimate reasons,” Thurston said Thursday.

Thurston said he will be among those Democrats voting against the proposed budget as a protest for the House’s refusal to expand Medicaid and a disputed vote Wednesday that gave a tax break for manufacturing equipment.

But he said other Democratic lawmakers, like Rep. Alan Williams, had every right to endorse the budget with a “yay” vote because of issues that help state workers and teachers.

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