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March 26, 2021

Florida House and Senate education leaders are about $500 million apart on their proposed budgets for K-12 schools. But underneath that topline figure are scores of policy differences that will need to be resolved as the budget process continues. Lynn Hatter reports both chambers have released the first drafts of what will eventually become the state’s spending plan for the next fiscal year.

As Florida’s legislative session nears the half-way point, lawmakers are beginning to unveil the details of their spending plans. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the state is facing a significant budget shortfall. The House and Senate’s healthcare appropriations committees are looking to potential Medicaid cuts as a way to help fill that gap and find funding for other priorities. More from Regan McCarthy.

The images of enthusiastic and reckless spring breakers jamming South Florida have been flashed all over the country. From WLRN, Veronica Zaragovia and Caiti Switalski Munoz prepared this report.

In the waning days of the Trump administration, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency cleared the way for use of the pesticide Aldicarb, a known neurotoxin that Florida’s citrus growers wanted to use in their battle against citrus greening. From WGCU, Valerie Vande Panne has the story.