2018 budget

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Gov. Rick Scott has signed the $88.7 billion state budget, and stakeholders in education are crying foul.  Superintendents, teachers unions and gubernatorial candidates fear cuts to K-12 programs. Now, they’re condemning Scott after calls for a veto and special session went unheeded.

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The Florida legislative session is heading into overtime after a disagreement over how to fund hospitals stalled negotiations. The two chambers reached an agreement Wednesday how to reimburse the facilities for treating low income and uninsured patients.

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The Florida House and Senate are already clashing over education—higher ed in particular. The House is planning deep cuts for the state’s public colleges and universities while the Senate is looking to increase funding for both systems.

State Bills Affecting Leon County Residents

Jan 9, 2018
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The 2018 legislative session is underway and lawmakers will decide whether to fund projects statewide, many of which affect Tallahassee and Leon County. Proposals for the Big Bend region total more than $40 million.

Florida Channel

For the most part, Governor Rick Scott’s $87.4 billion budget proposal appears very promising. That’s according to the Florida Senate’s new budget chairman,  Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island).

The Florida Channel

Florida Governor Rick Scott is unveiling his final budget proposal in office.  

Nick Evans

Hurricane Irma is throwing a wrench in Florida’s budget for the coming year.  Lawmakers were already facing a daunting challenge crafting a balanced budget.

MGN Online

The Leon County Board of County Commissioners will meet Tuesday for a final hearing to adopt the Fiscal Year 2018 final millage rates and budgets. 

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The outlook is grim again for Florida’s budget drafters—and that’s before considering the cost of Hurricane Irma.  State forecasters are warning the coffers are nearly empty for the third year running.