Florida Agencies Give Dire Warnings if Government Shuts Down

FLORIDA CAPITOL
AP

Florida state agencies are warning a state government shutdown could have far-reaching effects across the state.

Agencies reported Monday that everything from child support payments, teacher salaries and child abuse investigations could be halted if the Florida Legislature fails to pass a budget by June 30.

Gov. Rick Scott last week ordered agencies to give him a list of the state's critical needs.

State legislators ended their session abruptly last month without passing a new state budget. Legislators plan to return June 1 for a 20-day special session. The House and Senate have been at odds over the budget and health care spending. House Republicans oppose a Senate proposal to extend health care coverage to 800,000 Floridians.

A spokeswoman for Scott said the governor "remains cautiously optimistic" that a budget will passed before the deadline.

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