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Florida legislators work to reach deal on $74B budget

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Florida legislators are working through the weekend to reach a final deal on a proposed $74 billion budget.

House and Senate budget negotiators agreed late Friday to raise college and university tuition rates by 3 percent in the fall.

They have not yet decided on other high-profile items such as pay raises for state workers. Top Republicans also have not yet announced how they will hand out a $480 million salary increase for teachers.

Gov. Rick Scott wants a $2,500 pay raise for all teachers. Legislators have consistently said they will not go along with that proposal.

Scott also opposes tuition hikes and could veto the hike approved Friday once it reaches his desk.

Legislators have until Tuesday to finish work on the state budget.

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