The Senate just approved HB 5001, the state budget, and sent it to the gov. The vote: 33-4.
The most interesting dissent: Lakeland Sen. Paula Dockery, a Republican running for governor, who joined Democrats Nan Rich, Dan Gelber and Dave Aronberg. Dockery inveighed against irresponsible spending, while Democrats fretted that there wasn't enough spending in the right places.
Senate Budget chief JD Alexander said he was proud of the budget because it was written in an open fashion and limited the influence of special interests.
"We did not do lobbyist driven stuff," Senate Budget chief JD Alexander said.