Fla. lawmakers resume budget deficit discussions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State troopers could wait longer for new cruisers and speeders may have to pay higher fines.

Those are among hundreds of proposals Florida lawmakers are considering to avoid an impending $2.3 billion budget deficit during a two-week special session that began Monday.

Committees in both chambers are meeting again today to consider about $1 billion in cuts to go along with tapping reserves and raising court fees and fines - but no tax increases.

The House and Senate have similar plans for a relatively small 2 percent reduction for public schools, about $140 per student. Cuts of about 4 percent have been proposed for higher education.

Other cuts would reduce money for promoting tourism, trim the number of children who received state-subsidized child care and take nearly $118 million from affordable housing programs.

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