Florida House includes Seminole gaming funds in voting on $67.2 billion budget bill

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House is set to vote on a $67.2 billion state budget.

The vote Thursday will set the stage for negotiations with the Senate over differences in their spending plans.

The Senate on Wednesday passed a budget bill that would spend nearly $70 billion during the fiscal year that starts July 1.

One key difference is that the Senate has included $880 million in additional federal Medicaid money although Congress hasn't yet passed it.

The Senate also would spend $435 million from the Seminole Indians in anticipation of getting a deal to allow expanded gambling at tribal casinos.

Neither of those funding sources are in the House bill.

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