Florida Legislators Wrapping up Budget Work

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Florida legislators are wrapping up their negotiations on a proposed $74 billion budget.

Top Republicans are scheduled to meet on Sunday night to go over the remaining issues, including how to parcel out a $480 million teacher pay raise.

Gov. Rick Scott wants to hand out a $2,500 raise to all teachers, but lawmakers have insisted on basing any raise on teacher performance.

Lawmakers must wrap up their work by Tuesday in order for the session to end on May 3.

That's because state law requires the budget to be on the desk of lawmakers 72 hours before a final vote is taken.

In the last few days, legislators have signed off on a long line of spending items including tuition hikes and state employee pay raises.

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