TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State Senate President Mike Haridopolos says he's open to start working on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year after lawmakers have finished work on redistricting.
Haridopolos says waiting for a revenue estimate later in the spring could result in more money being available for lawmakers who have been dealing with decreasing tax dollars coming into the Florida treasury in recent years. They're presently looking at another shortfall for the 2012-13 budget.
Haridopolos told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he hasn't spoken with House Speaker Dean Cannon or Gov. Rick Scott about delaying the budget talks.
Florida lawmakers convene Jan. 10 to begin work on drawing the new political boundaries for themselves and Congress. Reapportionment occurs once a decade and is often settled in the end by the courts.
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