2015 budget

Leon County School Board Discusses Budget

Jul 28, 2015
The Leon County School Board discusses the budget at its meeting today.
via educationnews.org

The Leon County School Board will take up a proposed budget for the upcoming school year today.

Steven Depolo Via Flikr

Florida lawmakers are boosting education spending—though not by as much as they’d hoped. And they’re putting more into healthcare—a move they hadn’t planned for. Education and healthcare spending compose the largest parts of the state budget—and  trying to balance the two issues has been a struggle.

Florida Channel

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is weighing in on what he’d like to see in the budget when the Legislature comes back to Tallahassee for a special session on the spending plan.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar)
The Florida Channel

In-fighting in the Florida legislature is getting increasingly personal. But some observers are saying Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, may have crossed a line.

The inside of the Florida Senate Chamber
Florida Memory

The Florida Senate is floating June first as the start of a special session. The move comes after the House abruptly adjourned this week leaving the state without a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  

The Senate Democratic Caucus files lawsuit asking Florida Supreme Court to decide whether House departure is unconstitutional.
Anders Croy / Florida Democratic Party

UPDATE 05:01 12:02 p.m.: Democratic Senator Darren Soto of Kissimmee said he will file a reply in the Supreme Court in an hour to Republican House Speaker Steve Crisafulli's argument that the House used a legal parliamentary procedure when it ended the session Tuesday, three days before its scheduled end.

Tampa Bay Times

The stalemate between Florida’s Republican leaders is getting worse. A day after the House abruptly adjourned, the Senate says it may sue unless Representatives come back. Still, not everyone believes the abrupt end of the session is a bad thing.

House speaker Steve Crisafulli
Florida House of Representatives

Democrats are hoping fallout from the failed legislative session will follow House Republicans to the polls. The Florida Democratic Party is predicting uninsured working Floridians will vent their anger at House leaders for refusing billions of federal dollars tied to Obamacare.

WFSU

The Florida House has adjourned for the 2015 lawmaking session. The move comes as the legislature was gridlock over whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

wfsu

Florida could soon be looking a lot like the federal government did in 2013—when it shut down due to budget conflicts. That’s a scenario state lawmakers are looking to avoid, but the state may not have a budget in place before the start of the July 1st fiscal year.

In happier times: House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (l) and Sen. President Andy Gardiner (r).
Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

The 2015 Florida lawmaking session is getting down to its final weeks, and the stalemate between the Florida House and Senate continues.  It’s said music reflects the mood of the time and there are a lot of correlations between the legislative climate and the soundtracks of life.

Senate President Andy Gardiner talks to reporters.
The Florida Channel

The federal government says talks between it at the State of Florida over the future of healthcare are still on. Discord over the future of Florida's healthcare system reigns as the federal government, Florida House and Senate haggle over billions in healthcare funding. And with a month left until the state legislature adjourns, all sides are digging in on their positions.

MGN Online

Both chambers of the Florida Legislature laid out their criminal justice budgets Wednesday. The House and Senate spending plans are similar—driven by a goal of helping Florida’s troubled prison system.

peoriapublicradio.org

Some Florida lawmakers are questioning whether the billions of dollars proposed for education actually constitute a record spending figure. They’re also questioning other parts of the spending plans.

Matt Ross, 23, is one of more than 800,000 Floridians stuck in what's called the Medicaid coverage gap. The Medicaid issue is diving the Florida legislature as it tries to craft a budget.
LHatter / WFSU News

Continued uncertainty over federal health funding is causing budget pains in the Florida legislature. The House and Senate have a $4 billion  gap in their proposed spending plans for the upcoming fiscal year—and that’s largely due to disagreements over the biggest part of state spending: Medicaid.

The first floor of the Capital is swarming with people dashing back and forth—some pushing frantically at the slow-running elevators, others giving up—and dashing up the stairwells instead. Off to the side, is 23-year-old Broward resident Matt Ross.