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Florida Legislature Approves $89 Billion Budget

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    FL Legislators Approve $89 Billion Budget

    Florida legislators approved an $89 billion budget in a rare session on Sunday.

    (Published Sunday, March 11, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Florida Legislature approved the $89 billion budget in a rare session on Sunday.

    • The new budget includes increased funding for public schools.

    • It also sets aside $100 million for Florida's land preservation program.

    Florida legislators are close to ending their annual session after approving an $89 billion budget.

    The Florida Legislature approved the new budget during a rare Sunday session.

    Legislators extended their session because they were unable to finish work on the budget in time. Florida has a 72-hour "cooling off period" to make sure everyone can read the budget before the final vote.

    The 60-day session was supposed to end Friday. Legislators got bogged down during budget negotiations while they spent hours debating and working on a comprehensive gun and school safety bill.

    The new budget includes increased funding for public schools and sets aside $100 million for Florida's land preservation program.

    Most of the increase for schools is tied to a sweeping gun and school safety bill already signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

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