Published: Jan 25, 2011 7:57 PM EST
Updated: Jan 25, 2011 4:57 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Republican legislative leaders have given Gov. Rick Scott approval to delay his budget proposals to lawmakers by one day until Feb. 7.

Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon on Tuesday sent letters to the new Republican governor granting the extension.

Scott had written them Monday asking for permission to hold off on his recommendations until one day past the Feb. 6 legal deadline because it falls on a Sunday.

The Legislature is facing a potential shortfall of $3.6 billion to $4.6 billion in the budget year beginning July 1.

Scott plans to seek tax cuts that would increase that budget gap by another $2 billion or more, but says he'll still propose a balanced budget.