By: Associated Press
May 8, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators have approved $83 billion in spending for the coming fiscal year and have officially ended their annual session.
The Senate on Monday voted 34-4 while the House’s vote was 98-14. The budget heads to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott.
The session was supposed to end last week, but legislative leaders didn’t reach an agreement on a new budget in time. State law requires the budget to be finished 72 hours before a final vote.
The budget provides for pay raises for state employees, along with additional funding to public schools and Florida’s colleges and universities.