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Despite surplus, agencies gear up for budget cutting exercise

Gov. Rick Scott's office says state law requires the budget-cutting exercise when state agencies submit their legislative budget requests. File photo by Bill Cotterell.

State economists have projected an $845.7 million budget surplus for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, but state agencies will once again prepare budget requests outlining 5 percent reductions in recurring funds from their current year spending plans.

The budget-cutting exercise is part of the instructions sent to agencies by Gov. Rick Scott’s budget office for submitting their legislative budget requests, due Oct. 15.

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