TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - House and Senate leaders remain deadlocked over the Florida budget.
They continued behind-the-scenes talks without resolution Friday as state employees and a Miami cigarette company's workers held protests in the Capitol rotunda.
State workers are angry over a House budget provision that would cut most wages by 4 or 5 percent.
The Senate plan would only cut the salaries of those making more than $100,000 by 1 percent.
Employees of Dosal Corp. protested a proposal discussed but not included in either the House or Senate plan.
The company would have had to pay fees because it's now exempt from paying into a tobacco company settlement to compensate the state for treating sick smokers.
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