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Highlights from Florida’s new $82.3 billion budget

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The Florida Legislature is expected on Friday to approve a more than $82.3 billion budget for 2016-17 that is roughly 5 percent larger than this year’s budget. Here are a few key items you should know about: – EDUCATION: The new budget increases day-to-day public school spending by $458 million, which translates into a 1 percent increase. The per pupil spending amount would be $7,178.49, which is less than Gov. Rick Scott recommended. Legislators also agreed to spend more than…

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Health care bills advance in legislature

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A variety of healthcare-related bills made way through the Legislature on the penultimate day of the 2016 Regular Session. LobbyTools reports that the House passed HB 1241, which allows advanced nurses and physician assistants to order medications for patients at health facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes. Another amended bill (HB 977), which seeks to alleviate Florida’s behavioral health care workforce, passed the Senate and went to the House, concurring with upper chamber’s changes the same day. HB 977…

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