TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida House Republicans are rolling out a plan to replenish the state's depleted school construction account.
A House panel on Thursday approved a bill that would shift money that now goes to other parts of the state budget into the special account that is used to pay for new school buildings and to repair roofs and air-conditioners.
The initial House budget for the coming year - which is nearly $69.2 billion - sets aside nearly $400 million to provide construction money for universities, community colleges and for charter schools. It includes no money for school districts.
State officials earlier this month took the unusual step of stopping payments to ongoing construction projects until lawmakers figured out a way to replenish the construction account.
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