This week marked the official halfway point of the 2021 Legislative Session.  In keeping with the legislature’s only constitutional duty, the House and Senate released their budget proposals for FY 2021-22.  House and Senate conferees will have significant challenges, as the two chambers work to reconcile a difference of $2 billion between the plans.  Despite economic concerns resulting from the COVID pandemic, the Florida House chose to push forward a more optimistic proposal totaling $97.1, billion.  The Senate chose a more conservative approach to its budget plan totaling $95 billion.  Of the two plans, the House budget total is more closely aligned with the Governor’s FY 2021-22 budget recommendation.  

Although the overall budgets differ significantly, the House and Senate healthcare funding proposals are much closer in terms of total funding.  The plans differ by $200 million, and both measures include cuts to certain programs in order to accommodate increases in Medicaid enrollment resulting from the pandemic’s impact on the State’s economy.