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Florida budget highlights at a glance

Florida budget highlights at a glance

Highlights of Florida's proposed $78.7 billion state budget:

EDUCATION: School spending increases by $780 million, nearly $207 per pupil or 3 percent. More than half of the new money for schools, or $494 million, comes from increased property taxes.

HEALTH: The budget has no expansion of health care coverage or Medicaid eligibility, and $400 million in state tax money will offset the expected loss of federal aid to hospitals that treat uninsured and low-income patients.

WORKERS: No across-the-board pay raises for state employees; state troopers in six counties, including Pinellas and Hillsborough, get raises of $5,000.

ENVIRONMENT: Legislators set aside $55 million to acquire conservation land, $17.4 million for the Florida Forever program, nearly $50 million for springs restoration and nearly $82 million for Everglades restoration and $32 million for beach and dune restoration projects.

TAXES: Tax cuts of more than $400 million include a slight drop in cell phone and cable TV taxes that will save consumers about $20 a year, a 10-day back-to-school sales tax holiday in August and a one-year repeal of sales taxes on college textbooks.

TUITION: No increase in university or college tuition.

LEARNING: State spending on personal learning scholarship accounts triples to $55 million to provide therapy, tutoring and other services to children with disabilities.

PRISONS: The Department of Corrections gets $10 million for maintenance and repairs and $15.8 million to erase its operating deficit, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement gets $2.3 million to hire 17 investigators to focus on inmate deaths.

HEALTH INSURANCE: Low-cost health care for legislative employees, Gov. Rick Scott and other top state officials will continue. Scott pays less than $400 a year for family coverage and had recommended raising the cost. Legislators pay a higher rate, the same as rank-and-file state workers.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Enterprise Florida gets $43 million for programs to attract businesses and $10 million to develop a Florida marketing brand. Scott had sought $85 million.

SOURCE: Florida Legislature.

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