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Too Soon To Say How Much LIP Money Will Smooth Budget Negotiations

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
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The infusion of 1.5 billion dollars in the state budget to help cover health care for low income Floridians could go a long way toward bridging the divide between the House and Senate spending plans. 

But Senate President Joe Negron says it’s too early to say how big an impact those dollars will have.

“I really think it’s too early to tell,” Negron says.  “We’re still studying the accompanying language with the $1.5 billion number to determine what the state’s potion of that needs to be and how much money that potentially would be used for hospital reimbursement and other medical related expenses.”

With the House and Senate passing their respective spending, negotiators from both chambers are set to begin the budget conference in the coming week. 

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Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.