Tag: Joint Legislative Budget Commission
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Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay had some harsh criticism for Scott and his administration’s health-care policies this week, but not of all them were founded. In a media call Tuesday that also included Democratic Congresswoman Lois Frankel and Democratic state Sen. Audrey Gibson, McKinlay said the Scott administration denied people access to health care […]


Florida’s top elections official Thursday expressed confidence, but not “overconfidence,” about this year’s elections as legislators accepted $19.2 million from the federal government to further secure voting systems that were targeted by Russian hackers in 2016. Secretary of State Ken Detzner told members of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission, who voted unanimously to accept the […]

Jim RosicaJuly 19, 2018

The Legislature opened the state’s wallet again Thursday, granting a request from the state’s medical marijuana regulators for another $13 million in operating costs. The approval from the Joint Legislative Budget Commission didn’t come without some grousing, however. The Department of Health, under Gov. Rick Scott, regulates the drug through its Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU). House Democratic […]

Jim RosicaSeptember 15, 2017

The Legislature’s chief economist has told lawmakers that next year’s relatively tiny budget surplus will be erased because of costs from Hurricane Irma. Amy Baker, director of the Office of Economic and Demographic Research, presented a working version of the state’s long-range financial outlook to the Joint Legislative Budget Commission on Friday. She explained that extra costs to […]

News Service Of FloridaSeptember 14, 2017

Hurricane Irma could extend her destructive reach to the next state budget. A long-range financial report, which will be reviewed Friday by the Joint Legislative Budget Commission, shows lawmakers working with only a projected $52 million surplus as they craft the 2018-19 budget early next year. It’s a fiscal pittance in an overall $82 billion […]


Starting to prepare for the 2018 Legislative Session, Senate committees will hold meetings over three days in mid-September, according to a tentative schedule posted online. The meetings are slated to start the afternoon of Sept. 12, with time set aside that day for the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee, the Finance and Tax Appropriations Subcommittee, […]

Jim RosicaJuly 11, 2017

A lawsuit over how the state funds its clerks of court still is trudging along in Tallahassee, court dockets show.  Circuit Judge Karen Gievers set a case management conference for Sept. 7, after lawyers for plaintiff Howard Forman alerted the court of possible “additional or substituted parties.” Forman, a Democrat and former state senator, was […]


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