Crist Proposes $2.7 Billion Florida Budget Increase

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Charlie Crist wants to increase state spending by $2.7 billion during the next budget year.

Crist unveiled his full $69.2 billion budget recommendation Friday in Tallahassee. The next budget year begins July 1.

It includes about $1 billion in additional federal money for Medicaid that Congress has not yet approved, but Crist said he's confident it will pass.

The governor over the past week has been traveling the state to announce key parts of the plan. They include a $535 million increase for public schools, $100 million more for universities and an additional $67 million for state and community colleges. Legislative leaders, though, say they are facing another tight budget year and have been skeptical of Crist's proposals.

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