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Florida legislators finish work on budget

March 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators have finished work on a new state budget, ensuring that they will be able to soon end their session.

Legislators agreed on a long line of last minute changes on Thursday. The final $88.7 billion budget was delivered to legislators by mid-afternoon.

Florida has a 72-hour “cooling off period” to make sure everyone can read the budget before the final vote. Legislative leaders said they plan to vote on the budget on Sunday.

The 60-day session was supposed to end on Friday. Legislators got bogged down during budget negotiations while they spent hours debating and working on a comprehensive gun and school safety bill.

The new budget includes boosts in money for public schools and universities and sets aside $100 million for Florida’s land preservation program.

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