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It’s never too early for budget time

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Gov. Rick Scott is known as an early riser, so no surprise he would want to get a jump on the 2017-18 budget process.

LobbyTools reported Monday his office “issued written instructions to state agencies to develop budget requests which will be considered in the upcoming legislative session.”

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The issuance of instructions is considered the first step in the annual budget making process.

The Office of Policy and Budget got an early start as instructions were not required until July 15 under state law.

Legislative budget requests are not due until mid-October.

Between now and then, agencies will unveil long-term policy goals and state economists will release the first projections of how much money the government has after it pays its bills.

The 2017 Legislative Session kicks off next March 7.

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