Seventh Week of Session - April 13-17
The debate over healthcare funding and the resultant $4 billion gap between the House and Senate budgets continues and both chambers are holding fast to their positions on healthcare expansion. The Senate wants to draw down billions of dollars in federal aid to offer a private market alternative to Medicaid expansion. The House will not consider it. This week, leaders in both chambers conceded that it is unlikely that this issue will be resolved in the next two weeks—meaning there will be no budget agreement before the scheduled end of the session on May 1. This mean the session will either have to be extended, or more likely, lawmakers will return a little later for a special session.
In other developments, the Governor signed one of the most high profile bills of the session (HB 7069) to reduce the amount standardize testing in K-12 schools and reduce the reliance on test results in teacher evaluations.
Learn where lawmakers are suggesting to spend your money and learn about the $4 billion difference between the two proposals in the latest Florida TaxWatch Budget Watch.
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Stephani Meyers, Research Assistant.