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$117.5 billion state budget pumps up education spending

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$117.5 billion state budget pumps up education spending

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$117.5 billion state budget pumps up education spending

The Florida Legislature on Tuesday released a $117.5 billion budget for 2024-25 that includes more money for K-12 and colleges and millions of dollars in local projects. The budget’s completion starts the clock on a 72-hour cooling-off period required before lawmakers can approve it. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

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