Dissension? None here, say Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran. The two chamber leaders issued joint statements Thursday as they agreed to allocations totaling a near $83 billion state budget for fiscal 2017-2018.
All allocation numbers are shown in the attachment below and each presiding officer's statement, as provided by the Senate Office, is as follows:
Said Negron: “I am confident we can produce a final, balanced budget that incorporates the priorities of our constituents. Over the next few days, we can and we will complete our work in a timely manner that appropriately meets the needs of our growing state and responsibly plans for Florida’s future.
"I am grateful to Speaker Corcoran, Chairs Latvala and Trujillo, and the many Senators, Representatives, and members of our professional staff, who have dedicated significant time to the budget process thus far. I look forward to a productive budget conference.”
Said Corcoran: “I'd like to sincerely thank President Joe Negron for his hard work and commitment to the people of Florida. The reports of the demise of session have been greatly exaggerated. We look forward to working with our friends in the Senate to produce a budget that is balanced, provides tax relief, funds critical needs, and preserves the fiscal security of future generations.
"As the real work begins now, I feel very encouraged that the House and the Senate will emerge united with a product that will make the people of Florida proud."
The full membership of the Conference Committee was convened Tuesday afternoon. See the Conference Committee assignments for each chamber in the attachments below.