The hinting ends today. Everyone gets to see in detail the first draft/proposals for Florida’s future today when Florida Gov. Rick Scott presents his budget at 2:00 PM (Thursday, January 31, 2013).
The Miami Herald reports that the Governor has already made it clear that education is a top priority. Among the big education items: a request to raise public school teacher salaries by $2,500.
The state budget is roughly $70 billion. I am interested to see the funding priorities for many other items such as the Florida Forever (State Department of Environmental Protection – land conservation and recreational lands acquisition programs) and for infrastructure needs. There are obviously many competing needs. To what level will social services, especially mental health and child protection/developmental services be funded?
The budget is worked over and passed in the Legislature. The governor then approves the budget, after significant review that includes line item vetoes.