It has been confirmed by the Governor’s Office that Governor Rick Scott’s spending plan for FY 2014-2015 will be released on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. The Governor’s budget recommendations are typically submitted to the Legislature thirty days before the start of the legislative session each year. The release of the annual proposed spending plan will also be accompanied by proposed legislation necessary to implement the budget (sometimes referred to as conforming bills).
While the full revelation of the highly publicized tax cut package is anticipated, FAC staff will be working to provide an analysis of recommended appropriations and legislation contained in the Governor’s budget that may have a significant impact on Counties.
During the legislative session, the Florida House and Senate each pass a budget reflecting the priorities of its members. Differences between the Senate and House budgets are resolved in a joint conference committee. The report of this conference committee becomes the General Appropriations Act and is signed by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate and is presented to the Governor. The Governor has line item veto authority which may be used to delete any specific budget item within the appropriations act. Once the Governor has completed his line item vetoes, he signs the General Appropriations Act into law, establishing the statewide budget for the next fiscal year. A two-thirds majority vote of both the Senate and House is required to overturn any of the Governor’s line item vetoes.