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$50-million for 'Glades, House says



The two legislators who put the finishing touches on the budget Sunday afternoon said they agreed on $300-million for the Florida Forever land acquisition program but nothing for Everglades restoration. However, the always-entertaining overnight wrap-up from the House Majority Office has a different version (partial transcript follows).

"It was such a pleasure to see so many of you yesterday.  Nothing says weekend excitement like watching people gather to read numbers off spreadsheets to each other. And for our Wrap-up readers who spent the night at the Capitol finishing the budget, we salute you.  Wrap-up got 3 hours sleep last night and feels like a billion bucks compared to you all. Your hard work did not go unrewarded.

WHILE THE REST OF YOU SLEPT: Thanks to a joint House-Senate effort, the budget soon headed to the printer has $50 million for Everglades funding in it for next year.  Sometimes these things happen. When you source this fact, we expect you to cite the Wrap-up."

Consider it done. The final budget is expected to be available to the public later Monday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:54am]


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