Record big budget could make big target for election-year Scottby John Kennedy | May 3rd, 2014
The Florida Legislature approved a strain of medical marijuana, in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants and the last piece of a $500 million package of tax-and-fee cuts Friday as it skidded toward the finish line of the 2014 session.
Following a frenzied last day of deal-making between the chambers, the House and Senate then both approved the $77.1 billion budget – the largest in state history — in lopsided votes after 10 p.m. and adjourned at 10:40 p.m.
The House voted 102-15 in favor of the budget and sent to the Senate, which approved it unanimously.
“I hope you’re as proud about this budget as I am,” said Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla. “I’m going to go home and brag about what we’ve done.”
House Democrats, however, said the spending plan shorted school funding and failed to help those without health insurance.
“There’s an opportunity to be great,” said House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston. “This doesn’t do it.”
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