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Slots shortfall adds to budget woes

Florida lawmakers may have to cut millions in school funding because Broward County slot machines aren't generating as much money as the state expected. Lawmakers already plan to slash $1 billion in September from the state's $71 billion budget because general revenue collections _ which is primarily the state's 6 percent sales tax _ have not kept pace with estimates.

But the lower than expected slot machine revenue from three Broward facilities has left a $45 million deficit in the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund, which is used to pay for such programs as the popular Bright Futures scholarship program, school recognition awards, and part of the cost for class size reduction. More here.