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Florida’s economy still growing, but budget cuts loom

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Florida’s economy is continuing to grow according to new preliminary estimates from state economists. State officials are meeting Friday to draw up new forecasts to predict how much the state will collect in taxes. The forecasts will be used by state legislators when writing this year’s budget. Preliminary forecasts prepared by economists predict the state’s main budget account will grow by as much as 4.5 percent during the fiscal year that ends in June. Those forecasts estimate growth of around…

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Universities, colleges paint depressing picture of dealing with 10 percent cuts

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Asked to prepare for 10 percent budget cuts, Florida’s state university and college leaders pledged to try to avoid affecting students but told the House Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations Friday the impacts would still be profound. “The target reductions are set at 10 percent for each entity,” Subcommittee Chairman Larry Ahern said after spelling out the challenges faced by the larger House Appropriations Committee of possible 10 percent budget cuts this year to deal with a $1.7 billion shortfall.…

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Budget cuts jeopardize state’s share of future federal money

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House lawmakers saved millions of dollars worth of mental health programs; the Senate fought off a pay reduction for state workers. But both chambers agreed to budget cuts that jeopardize the state’s share of future federal money. Those were among the results of a final conferencing between House and Senate budget chiefs as the time remaining for negotiations quickly wound down. After days of rebuffing counteroffers, the House won the battle over funding for mental health and substance abuse programs. Rep.…

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Budget cuts jeopardize state’s share of future federal money

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House lawmakers saved millions of dollars worth of mental health programs; the Senate fought off a pay reduction for state workers. But both chambers agreed to budget cuts that jeopardize the state’s share of future federal money. Those were among the results of a final conferencing between House and Senate budget chiefs as the time remaining for negotiations quickly wound down. After days of rebuffing counteroffers, the House won the battle over funding for mental health and substance abuse programs. Rep.…

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