This is supposed to be the final week of the Legislative Session, but it won’t. Senate Budget Chair Rob Bradley says they’ll need to go into overtime, if only for a few days.
— While the budget talks are still a work in progress, several major issues were settled over the weekend.
— VISIT FLORIDA will NOT be abolished, thanks (in part) to the coronavirus.
— Teachers and state workers will be getting a pay raise.
— Hundreds of millions of dollars in the state’s affordable housing trust fund will actually be spent on housing, instead of being diverted to other projects.
— House and Senate leaders have also agreed to the Governor’s request for $25 million to help the state fight the coronavirus. The House has backed off its original position to eliminate 500 positions from the Florida Department of Health.
— But there are still plenty of differences that must be worked out, including criminal justice and the environment.
— The latest on Florida Woman: Deputies say a woman was caught inside a Walmart making a nail bomb with materials she took off the shelves.