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Senate sends $82.4 billion budget to Rick Scott

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The budget is on the governor’s desk. Senate President Joe Negron sent 13 bills, including the 2017-18 spending plan, to Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday. Scott now has until June 15 to act on the $82.4 billion spending plan, but exactly how he plans to proceed remains unclear. The Naples Republican has been tight-lipped on his plans for the budget, telling reporters in Fort Myers on Tuesday he can veto the entire budget, a portion of the budget, or veto…

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No budget deal yet, Jack Latvala says

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With just days left in the 2017 Legislative Session, Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala said Tuesday morning there still isn’t a budget deal. “There is no budget deal,” the Clearwater Republican said, as of 8:15 a.m. About 15 minutes later, Latvala tweeted “when an agreement is reached on the budget it will be announced by the President and Speaker.” When an agreement is reached on the budget it will be announced by the President and Speaker. — Senator Jack Latvala…

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