Florida Budget

Florida Legislature Reaches Budget Deal

Mar 7, 2018
Corcoran at lectern
Florida House of Representatives

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, indicated Wednesday afternoon that legislative leaders have reached agreement on a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The Office of Governor Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday used his veto pen to slash $410 million in legislative projects across the state, saying they failed to “provide a great return for Florida families.”

Florida Everglades plants and water
Keo the Younger via Flickr

TALLAHASSEE — The House accepted a long-term Senate proposal to sink more than $250 million a year into Everglades restoration, the state's natural springs and Lake Apopka, as the Legislature concluded its regular session Friday.

The Office of Governor Rick Scott

An election-year budget that includes huge tax cuts, record funding for public schools and a new initiative to bring jobs to Florida might be good politics for lawmakers. The question is whether they can afford it.

Jacksonville University

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed $2 million that would have been used at Jacksonville University this year.

Scott signed the state budget into law Tuesday.

The money would have supported a university jobs program focusing on the science, technology, engineering and math fields.  

The Office of Governor Rick Scott

  A conservative-advocacy group is telling Gov. Rick Scott it'll have his back if he vetoes projects crammed into the state budget just before the nearly $80 billion package was completed last week.

"We are making everyone aware that we are not happy with the $301 million in last minute projects," Americans for Prosperity-Florida spokesman Andres Malave said Sunday. "AFP stands with Floridians who wouldn't be disappointed if the governor vetoed projects not beneficial to all taxpayers."