Florida Legislature ends budget battle, sets stage for end

Posted at 5:16 PM, Apr 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-25 17:16:43-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida legislative leaders say they have reached a deal over a new state budget that should ensure they wrap up their work on time this year.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday brokered an agreement that spells out how much money will be spent in key areas. The details on many individual items will be worked out over the next few days.

The first but crucial round of negotiations between the House and Senate broke down Sunday and prompted finger-pointing between Republican leaders on both sides.

By reaching a budget deal, it could also smooth the way for legislators to reach agreements on other key items, including a plan dealing with toxic algae discharges from Lake Okeechobee and education changes.

The session is scheduled to end May 5.