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Senate issues draft $3.8B environmental budget, millions higher than House

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On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Environment and Natural Resources issued the first version of its 2017-18 budget, which comes in at $3.8 billion. The projected Senate budget includes few hundred million dollars more than the preliminary House plan. Fleming Island Republican Rob Bradley, who chairs the committee, offered a thumbnail version at a public hearing Wednesday reports LobbyTools. Among the legislative asks from the Senate is $275 million for Everglades restoration – compared to $165.7 million from the…

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