Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples (File)

Florida State Budget Expected ‘In Time’

Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples (File)
Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, led efforts to pass a bill to address affordable housing. Colin Hackley/File

With a week left in the legislative session, Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, expressed confidence Friday about finishing a budget for the 2024-2025 fiscal year.

Passidomo said Senate Appropriations Chairman Doug Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze, and House Appropriations Chairman Tom Leek, R-Ormond Beach, “are making great progress” in negotiating differences.

“I feel pretty confident that we’ll be able to get a budget out in time, early (next) week, so we can close on time on Friday (March 8),” Passidomo said.

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The budget needs to be finished on Tuesday for the legislative session to end as scheduled.

That is because of a required 72-hour “cooling off” period before lawmakers can vote on the spending plan. The budget, which will take effect July 1, is expected to top $115 billion.

The budget for the current fiscal year totaled $119.1 billion.

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