TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Legislators are nearing their deadline to pass a new budget and avoid a partial government shutdown.
Legislators returned to Tallahassee June 1 after failing to pass a budget during their regular session. The session is scheduled to end June 20. State government will be partially shut down if a new budget isn’t in place by July 1.
Budget negotiators worked over the weekend to reach a final deal. But they aren’t finished yet.
The Florida Senate is expected on Monday to pass a bill that contains a $400 million tax cut package. Tax cuts are one area where the House and Senate had been at odds.
The Senate bill contains a 10-day back to school sales tax holiday and a proposed cut in taxes charged on cellphone and cable television.