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Cannon 'fairly optimistic' but overtime now possible



House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, ended Thursday's floor session by telling reporters that there has been no new progress in budget negotiations with two weeks left in the regular session and that he was still "fairly optimistic" the session can end on time.

"I still am confident that we'll get done on time, but I'm not guaranteeing that we'll get done on time," Cannon said. "I think the most important thing is, with a budget shortfall of this magnitude, it's most important that we do it right than we do it quickly."  

Cannon also would not rule out a scenario that's gathered some currency among the Capitol crowd, that the House and Senate have so many budget differences to resolve that they would return later in May for a special session devoted exclusively to the budget.  

[Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2011 6:25pm]


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