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Jack Latvala, budget writers “horse trading in public” on member projects funding

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Tallahassee’s withering June weather seems to have made sunshine fashionable again in the Florida statehouse. As House and Senate lawmakers confer over the weekend to reconcile their disparate budget proposals, transparency is the tool of choice for some key budget writers. Going against the usual appropriations grain wherein budget priorities are wheeled and dealt among lawmakers in private, conference subcommittee co-chair Sen. Jack Latvala, for one, is naming names and forcing public decisions in this year’s budget. Asked about his…

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