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Budget deal: 18 counties to be privatized, interior designers (only?) de-regged

The House Senate afternoon budget committee ended with another accord: The House agreed with the Senate position to privatize prisons in an 18-county region from Miami-Dade to Manatee counties. About 3,000 jobs are at stake, though legislators say the prison guards can move from the public to the private system. Either way, its a big win for the Geo Group and Corrections Corp. of America.

The de-regulation talks are over and it looks like commercial interior designers will be the only industries to be de-regulated. Sports agents, talent agents, dance studios and gyms will remain regulated.