Josh Hafenbrack and Aaron Deslatte
Orlando Sentinel
April 2, 2010

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The Florida House on Thursday approved a $67.2 billion state budget on a party-line 74-44 vote, setting the stage for a month of hard bargaining with the Senate over funding for health care, schools, road building and state workers.

Both chambers attempt to balance the budget — and a $3.2 billion shortfall — in different ways. The Senate’s bigger $69.9 billion plan is buoyed by more than $1.3 billion in federal cash and Seminole Tribe of Florida gaming money, though neither is guaranteed. The House wants deeper spending cuts.

Before the April 30 end of the Legislature’s annual session, ruling Republican budget-writers must resolve a host of issues. Here’s a primer:

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