Lawmakers exchanged offers on some low-profile parts of the state budget Wednesday, setting aside for now the thornier issues in the health-care and education budgets. L
awmakers agreed, for example, to fund further excavation at the Dozier School for Boys through the University of South Florida instead of through the Department of Juvenile Justice.
And the House offered $13 million for spring restoration, a new issue. House Appropriations Chairman Seth McKeel said that the Legislature would work with the Department of Environmental Protection to figure out how to spend the money.
Left untouched were issues like a new system of reimbursing hospitals under the Medicaid program for low-income Floridians and differences over tuition increases and financial aid. “I think we can make some more progress on health and education over the next day or two,” said Senate Appropriations Chairman Joe Negron.
McKeel and Negron plan to meet again Thursday.