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Court clerks funding case continues in capital

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A lawsuit over how the state funds its clerks of court is still trudging along in Tallahassee, court dockets show. Circuit Judge Karen Gievers set a case management conference for Sept. 7, after lawyers for plaintiff Howard Forman alerted the court of possible “additional or substituted parties.”

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State agencies begin releasing budget requests

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One day before the Oct. 14 deadline, state agencies began issuing Legislative Budget Requests [LBR] for the upcoming fiscal year. As LobbyTools explains, budget requests include several “exhibits” and “schedules” — exhibits offer alternative views of an agency’s budget request, such as by issue or category. Schedules provide supporting documentation for exhibits. For instance, “Exhibit D-3A” is the most detailed level and constitutes the main body of the LBR. It includes a narrative justification for funding each issue or program. “Schedule…

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Florida economists project growth in state money

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From the Associated Press: Preliminary forecasts show that Florida’s economy continues to grow, although not as much as once predicted. State economists are meeting Monday to draw up new forecasts to predict how much the state will collect in taxes. The forecasts will be used to draw up a three-year outlook for the state budget. Preliminary estimates show that economists expect the state’s main budget account to grow nearly four percent during the fiscal year that ends next June. But…

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Independent audit finds Florida court clerks need money, resources to keep with workload

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An independent audit finds Florida court clerks are struggling with increased workloads, declining revenue and need increased state funding to keep up. LobbyTools reports Sarasota Clerk of Court Karen Rushing presented the independent audit Tuesday to lawmakers on the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee. Rushing said the report concluded that “resources are inadequate to meet the needs of the workload demand” and there is a pressing need for more funding to keep up with rising workloads and declining revenues. While case filings have fallen, Rushing…

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Florida 2015-16 general revenue boosted by extra billion in sales tax

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State economists released a rundown of state revenue streams Monday, including the sources for Florida’s $28.41 billion in general revenue funds. According to the 2016 Florida Tax Handbook, the state sales tax looks to see the biggest gains in the 2015-16 fiscal year. Sales tax makes up 77 percent of the state’s general revenue funds; the expected $21.87 billion haul represents an increase of about $1.07 billion from last year. The corporate income tax was the only other general revenue…

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Rick Scott’s office on health care funding: “we are continuing to watch the process”

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After making quick progress early on Saturday, legislative health care budget writers announced at 4 pm they wouldn’t meet again until Sunday. House and Senate legislative leaders have agreed to pour $400 million in recurring general revenue into hospitals in an attempt to absorb the loss of $1 billion in supplemental Medicaid dollars known as Low Income Pool. It’s a move that could put the Legislature at odds with Gov. Rick Scott who has said he doesn’t want to “backfill”…

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Senate ready to roll on budget over the weekend

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With the drama over health care playing out according to the expected script, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature is finally ready to pivot to passing a new state budget. The Senate on Wednesday passed its healthcare coverage bill and sent it over to the House where it is anticipated that chamber will vote down the legislation. Despite the bitter debate over the healthcare bill, the two chambers must begin work on the must-pass bill of the year: the General Appropriations Act.…

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