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Florida lawmakers moving quickly to wrap up budget talks

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Florida legislators are moving quickly to bridge their differences on a roughly $80 billion state budget.

Legislators met in the Capitol over the weekend to work out spending on key areas such as education, transportation and health care.

Legislative leaders Friday reached a broad budget deal regarding tax cuts and overall spending. Now budget committees are working on individual items.

House Republicans on Saturday offered a school funding proposal that would trim local property taxes charged by school districts. Senate Republicans have been critical of a proposal by Gov. Rick Scott to rely on local tax hikes to boost school funding.

Legislators also agreed on road construction spending in the coming year plus a long list of local projects. Some of those projects were vetoed last year.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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