Fla. House ready to vote on $74 billion budget

Florida Budget
Posted at 4:35 AM, Apr 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-12 00:36:27-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida House is poised to approve a $74 billion budget.


      The House is scheduled to give a final vote Friday on its spending plan. The Florida Senate passed its rival budget earlier this week.


      Lawmakers have until early May to reach a deal and pass a final state budget. The new budget will cover spending from July 2013 until June 2014.


      There are differences between the two budgets. The House, for example, has proposed a six percent tuition hike.


      The Senate and House also differ on pay raises for state employees.


      The Senate has proposed a three percent across the board raise. But the House is offering a $1,000 a year increase as well as a $400 bonus based on merit.