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Clock ticking on Florida budget negotiations

May 3, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

TALLAHASSEE (AP) - The Florida Legislature's deadline is drawing near for reaching a budget deal.

Legislative leaders must resolve differences between the House and Senate on Tuesday or forget about an on-time finish to the annual 60-day legislative session on Friday.

Tuesday is the deadline because the Florida Constitution requires a 72-hour waiting period before a vote can be taken after a compromise budget hits lawmaker's desks.

House and Senate budget leaders Monday blamed each other for their inability to reach accord.

The key differences were over health and human service spending.

Failure to get a deal Tuesday could mean extending the session to Saturday or next week.

The final budget is expected to top $67 billion with nearly $4 billion in spending cuts.



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