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House and Senate budgets roll out — topping Scott’s blueprint

by John Kennedy | March 21st, 2014

The House unveiled it’s 2014-15 state budget proposal Friday, following the Senate’s release a day earlier and setting the legislative session on course for the homestretch haggling.

Both proposals top the $74.2 billion blueprint Gov. Rick Scott rolled out in January. The Senate would spend $74.8 billion, while the House weighs in at $75.3 billion. Each would prove the largest spending plans in state history.

In an election year, lawmakers usually look favorably on school spending and this year’s no different. Still, neither hit the $1 billion increases that marked the last two years of state spending following a $1.3 billion cut for schools during Scott’s first year as governor.

While Scott earlier recommended a $542 million boost for K-12, the Senate is calling for a $651 million boost and the House $740.8 million more. The Legislature has been helped by new revenue projections, which fattened the state’s budget surplus to $1.2 billion.

The per-pupil increase of 3 percent in the House surpasses the 2.5 percent Scott called for, and the 2.6 percent emerging from the Senate.

Still, the per-pupil amount next year still looks certain to be a couple hundred dollars below the record $7,126 achieved in 2007-08, before the state’s economy tanked with the recession.

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2 Responses to “House and Senate budgets roll out — topping Scott’s blueprint”

  1. Violet Says:

    Will this money go to fix infrastructure in local neighborhood schools, expanding music and art programs, and higher pay for teachers? Or will the money just go to charters, vouchers, and test companies?

  2. Edjecatshun Says:

    This money is coming from the employees of the state of Florida. When Scott took office he started taxing every city, county, and state employee three percent ( a starting teacher making 30K is paying an additional $900 per year in state taxes) Yes, additional. We all need to be honest about the source of this money. Taxes. This comes from a “man” who claims to be about lowering taxes. Agree or disagree with whether state employees should be taxed at a higher rate, but the source of all this extra money needs to be very clear so people can make up their own minds whether this is right or wrong.

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