Dueling $74-billion-plus state spending plans are set to be finalized today in the Florida Legislature, sending lawmakers into the last few weeks of the session facing few of the tough dollar choices that marked the past six years of budget slashing.
But having lots of money can bring its own set of challenges.
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House: $74.4 billion.
Senate: $74.3 billion.
House: $1 billion increase.
Senate: $1.2 billion increase.
House: $395 increase.
Senate: $373 increase.
House: $676.4 million allocated for merit-based pay raises.
Senate: $480 million allocated for $2,500 across-the-board raises.
Higher ed tuition increase
House: 6 percent.
Florida Forever land acquisition program
House: $75 million allocated.
Senate: $60 million allocated.
House: $32 million allocated.
Senate: $70 million allocated.
House: $20.2 million allocated.
Senate: $35.6 million allocated.
State worker pay
House: $1,000 across-the-board salary increase, $400 merit-based, one-time bonus.
Senate: 3 percent pay increase.
House: $2.6 billion allocated.
Senate: $2.9 billion allocated.
Source: CS/HB 5001, CS/SB 1500. Palm Beach Post Research.