TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - An election year budget compromise includes no tax increases but would raise tuition for university students. Budget chairmen for the House and Senate agreed on a plan to spend about $68 billion just before midnight Monday.
Printed copies are expected to hit lawmakers' desks Tuesday just in time to beat the deadline for finishing the 60-day legislative session on time Friday. The deal had to be done by then due to a required 72-hour waiting period before the House and Senate vote on it.
The final issue was library funding. The House, which originally wanted to eliminate state aid to public libraries, accepted the Senate's $21 million proposal, the minimum needed to get $9 million in federal matching money.