Tag: 2016 budget

Jenna Buzzacco-FoersterFebruary 11, 2016

The state House approved its nearly $80 billion spending plan, despite oppositions from Democrats over a decision to defund Planned Parenthood. The House voted 85-29, largely along party lines, to approve the chamber’s $79.9 billion budget. Among other things, the spending plan sets aside $3.2 billion in reserves, increases per student funding to $7,231 and […]

Jenna Buzzacco-FoersterFebruary 10, 2016

As the state House began vetting its proposed $79.9 billion budget, some lawmakers questioned the decision to cut more than 700 positions from the Department of Health. Rep. Matt Hudson, chairman of the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, said the budget eliminates 718 positions from the Department of Health’s budget. Many of those positions are […]

Jenna Buzzacco-FoersterFebruary 3, 2016

Sen. Don Gaetz defended a proposal that shifts how after-school and mentoring programs are funded, saying the proposal increases total funding for these programs. “There is nothing in this budget that cuts one penny out of any of these programs,” said Gaetz, chair of the education appropriations subcommittee, during the Senate Appropriations meeting Wednesday. “Instead, […]

Associated PressSeptember 20, 2015

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says she needs to hire more attorneys to handle a growing number of cases. Bondi this week submitted her 2016 budget request to the Florida Legislature. It included a request to spend nearly $650,000 to hire six more senior attorneys in her criminal and capital appeals division. Under law, Bondi’s […]


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