Tag: 2016-17 state budget
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Michael MolineDecember 12, 2016

The Florida Legislature may have nearly $142 million more to spend next year than previously expected, but that won’t save lawmakers from difficult choices during the spring legislative session. The revenue forecast for the fiscal year ending in June could run $119.3 million ahead of the previous forecast in September, according to preliminary numbers approved […]

Ryan RayMarch 17, 2016

Republican Gov. Rick Scott made it official Thursday night, formally signing the $82.3 million budget presented to him earlier in the day by state lawmakers. He also made official his list of line-item vetoes announced Tuesday, excising about $256 million in member-sponsored funding from the budget he enacted into law. “I will be signing this budget into law […]

A.G. GancarskiMarch 15, 2016

On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott released his 2016 “Florida First” budget. Six pages of projects didn’t make the cut, including many Northeast Florida priorities. A big loss for downtown development in Jacksonville: the Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority Urban Homesteading Pilot Program did not get the $1 million requested. Neither did the St. Johns River Ferry allocation […]

Jim RosicaMarch 10, 2016

The 2016 tax package was back in the Senate Thursday, one day before the end of the 2016 Legislative Session, with state Sen. Dorothy Hukill trying to safely land the more than 100-page bill. Ironically, a watchdog group issued a report the same day that said the real tax problem in Florida isn’t at the state level, […]

Ryan RayMarch 8, 2016

When the Legislature’s final budget hit the desk Tuesday afternoon, it included a line item containing $10 million to fund free and charitable clinics for underserved and uninsured Floridians. About the same time, the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics issued a statement expressing their gratitude, along with a heartfelt request: please, Gov. Rick Scott, allow us […]


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