The Florida House and Senate chambers passed dueling $75 billion spending budgets that increases school funding, services for the disabled and refunds some tax money back to Floridians.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the biggest hurdles left to adopt a single state budget before lawmakers return home would be where taxes should be cut and to provide more money for environmental cleanup.
The state House passed its version of the spending bill 100-16 while over in the Senate, their $74.9 billion plan sailed through by a vote of 37-2.
The two senators who voted against the spending plan, both of which are South Florida Democrats, said that they voted down the plan in protest of the Florida legislature turning away federal government aid for uninsured Floridians as part of the Affordable Care Act.
But with the Republicans in clear command in Tallahassee, the protest votes did little to derail the budget proposal.
Even though both of the spending plans are similar in nature, they do have some similarities. Both plans include Gov. Rick Scott's $395 million tax cut for motorist-registration fees, but the House passed an additional $141 million in reductions to registration fees, while the Senate plan did not.
Another key difference is corporate income-taxes. While the House passed a $21.7 million cut to corporate income-taxes, which would shave 2,000 businesses from the tax rolls, the Senate passed its own version, but has yet to show support in the House plan, which also includes a $20 million loan for television show producers who shoot their shows in the state.
A final version of the budget is expected to be presented within the next two weeks.