TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - House and Senate leaders have resolved preliminary budget issues so they can start formal negotiations after about two weeks of delay.
Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon announced the deal Tuesday, a day after their budget leaders exchanged harsh words.
They settled on a $22.7 billion general revenue total and allocations for various spending areas such as public schools and health and human services.
The general fund is the only part of a budget that's expected to total at least $66.5 billion over which lawmakers have complete discretion.
Senate Budget Chairman JD Alexander on Monday accused Cannon of "gamesmanship" and the House of bad faith negotiating.
House Appropriations Chairwoman Denise Grimsley likewise said the Senate reneged on agreements to drive the chambers farther apart.
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