Gov. unveils $74.2 billion spending plan

Budget includes a pay raise for school teachers

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Gov. Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -  Florida Gov. Rick Scott is recommending a $74.2 billion budget for the coming year.
The Republican governor on Thursday unveiled a budget that includes a pay raise for school teachers as well as a $1,200 one-time bonus for state workers.
Scott is also recommending eliminating nearly 4,000 state jobs, primarily by privatizing positions in the state prison system.
The governor also wants to freeze university tuition this year.
Scott did not recommend whether or not Florida should accept federal aid to expand Medicaid to people who are just above the poverty line. He said that he is still unsure on whether the state should move ahead.
State lawmakers will use Scott's proposal as a framework for a final budget that will be passed during the session that starts in March.

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