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Senate budget run-down from Rick Scott’s budget chief calmer than in House

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The Senate Committee on Appropriations heard from Gov. Rick Scott‘s chief budget aide Wednesday morning, when she presented Scott’s $79.3 billion proposed budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year before hearing some pushback from Senate Democrats on state worker pay, social services, and health care. The presentation was a calmer affair than in the House, however, where Democrats “took out their knives” and carved up the governor’s proposal Tuesday. Cynthia Kelly, director of Scott’s Office of Policy and Budget presented the governor’s “Florida First”…

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House budget panel hears from Rick Scott’s budget chief, and vice versa

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The House Appropriations Committee heard from Gov. Rick Scott‘s chief budget aide Tuesday afternoon, who presented Scott’s $79.3 billion proposed budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year before being peppered with questions on taxes, state worker pay, hospital regulation and land acquisition among other issues. Cynthia Kelly, director of Scott’s Office of Policy and Budget presented the governor’s “Florida First” budget, the sixth since such proposal Scott took office in 2011. Kelly began with an upbeat presentation, touting gains in revenue growth bolstered by…

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