Florida Legislators Reach Deal on Money for Hospitals

Florida Legislative Session
Posted at 2:02 PM, Jun 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-17 09:46:34-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida legislators racing against the clock on a new state budget have reached a deal on money for hospitals.

House and Senate budget negotiators on Friday signed off on a $2 billion plan to steer money to more than 200 hospitals around the state. The proposal relies on $400 million in state tax dollars to replace federal aid that is expected to end this summer.

Legislators couldn't reach a budget deal during their regular session because they were at odds on how to replace the hospital money.

The new deal removes a major obstacle to finalizing a new state budget. State government would be partially shut down if a new budget isn't passed by the end of June.

Budget negotiators plan to work over the weekend to resolve remaining differences in school spending and environmental programs.

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