Florida Legislature passes nearly $89 billion budget

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Florida governor’s mansion and state capitol building. Credit MGN

Florida legislators approved a nearly $89 billion budget to end their annual session Sunday.

Lawmakers were expected to approve the new budget as well as a tax cut package.

Legislators extended their session because they were unable to finish work on the budget in time. Florida has a 72-hour “cooling off period” to make sure everyone can read the budget before the final vote.

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 increased funding for public schools and universities and sets aside $100 million for Florida’s land preservation program.

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