TALLAHASSEE -- State spending would drop by about $4 billion under a budget approved by the Florida Senate.
The chamber voted 33-6 for its 69.8 billion spending bill Thursday. The House was set to vote on its version later in the day.
The two Republican-controlled chambers next week will begin trying to resolve their differences during the remaining month of the legislative session.
Both budgets would cut nearly every area of state spending including education, health care and environmental protection. They also would effectively cut public employee wages by about 3 percent in most cases and increase tuition for college and university students.
The Senate's budget is $3.3 billion higher than the House's $66.5 billion plan. The bottom line variation is due mainly to bookkeeping differences.