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Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist says he's sharpening his veto pencil and may use it next week to reverse some of the budget cuts passed by lawmakers. James Call reports Crist says he's concerned about how the budget balancing package affects public safety, schools and the environment.

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Florida Lawmakers continue to focus on how to get Florida's economy growing again. James Call reports, House Speaker Ray Sansom is forming a special committee to discuss how Florida should spend its slice of a federal stimulus package.

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Tallahassee, FL – Gov. Charlie Crist says he is preparing to veto spending cuts the Legislature made last week to the state budget. James Call reports Thursday, he added an environmental program to his list of concerns which he says also includes law enforcement and public
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Tallahassee, FL – State budget cuts are taking a toll on local school districts as they work to cut more money out of already-reduced budgets. As Lynn Hatter reports, many districts are running out of money.

Tallahassee, FL – The First meeting of the nine-member Florida Energy and Climate commission was held Thursday. Trimmel Gomes reports.

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Tallahassee, FL – A state law approved by voters last January doubled the homestead exemption in Florida, from 25-thousand to 50-thousand dollars. But if you pay your taxes with your mortgage every month, you may not have noticed a change in your payment. It may have even increased. Gina Jordan has more.

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Tallahassee, FL – Amidst all the budget cuts Governor Charlie Crist did manage to secure 10 million dollars for a small business program that he's hoping will generate more jobs in the state. Trimmel Gomes reports.

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida hopes to bring more military veterans into the teaching profession. Tom Flanigan has that story .

Tallahassee, FL – The special session dealt a big blow to Florida's environmental community. Many programs faced deep cuts as advocates tried to make their case that the environment is also a revenue generator. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – A national teachers union is pushing for President-Elect Barack Obama to include education spending in a federal stimulus proposal. As Lynn Hatter reports, Union representatives were in Tallahassee Tuesday to urge Florida's governor to commit to using stimulus money to support education programs.

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida's Department of Environmental Protection faced deep cuts during the special legislative session, but Secretary Mike Sole hopes to regain some of that lost ground when lawmakers return for the regular session in March. Trimmel Gomes reports.

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida's nearly two-hundred million dollar transportation trust fund escaped lawmakers' budget ax over the weekend. Tom Flanigan reports the industry's top lobbyist is applauding the move, saying it will create jobs and attract more federal money

Tallahassee, FL – The budget is complete. The plan to cut out 2.3-billion from the state's declining revenues is heading to a vote by both chambers. And as Lynn Hatter reports, Florida Governor Charlie Crist says he's got mixed feelings on the cuts that were made-especially when it comes to education.

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida House and Senate conferees finished work on a leaner, meaner state budget over the weekend. That story from Tom Flanigan

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Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Education Association is speaking out against the legislature's proposed cuts to education spending. As Lynn Hatter reports, in a Thursday press conference, FEA President Andy Ford called on the legislature to preserve the state's class size amendment and look for new revenue sources.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida lawmakers kept chopping away at the state's underfunded budget on Wednesday. Tom Flanigan reports on two programs that especially were hard hit .

Tallahassee, FL – A proposed budget cut to the state's public colleges and universities will result in a 90-million dollar hit. As Lynn Hatter reports, Wednesday the Senate Higher Education Committee approved the proposed cuts, But it wasn't a unanimous decision.

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Tallahassee, FL – As the legislature convened in its special session to fix the state's 2.3 billion dollar budget gap, lawmakers learned the gap could grow even bigger to 3 billion dollars. Florida Public Radio's Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The state of Florida is facing a two-billion dollar budget shortfall for the current fiscal year. That has prompted a special session of the legislature, which convened Monday. As Lynn Hatter reports, legislators are trying to plug the budget hole, and that means cuts to Education.

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida legislators are beginning their search for ways to close a $2.3 billion deficit in the current state budget during a two-week special session. James Call reports they are looking to cut spending, raise court fees and tap reserves to balance the state's checkbook.

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida lawmakers convene today for a two week special session on the state budget. As Tom Flanigan reports, the Capital City's delegation hopes to minimize the local impact of more spending cuts

SENATE DEBATES LOBBY REFORM

Tallahassee, FL – A battle over whether lobbyists must reveal who pays them and how much they earn arrives at the Florida Supreme Court Tuesday. Tom Flanigan reports a group of lobbyists is challenging a 2005 law requiring them to disclose who butters their bread.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom is stepping down from a $110,000 job at Northwest Florida State College. More from Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee, FL – The State Board of Education met Friday to debate a plan that will turn some of the state's community colleges into Baccalaureate degree producers. As Lynn Hatter reports, nothing was decided, but the board did outline a plan for starting the process.

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Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist today/Thursday continued the campaign for an Everglades restoration plan approved earlier this week by the South Florida Water Management District. James Call reports leading lawmakers are concerned about entering into a deal amidst a budget crisis that has the state cutting services to citizens.

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