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Miami-Dade lawmakers bring home big dollars from Tallahassee

Miami-Dade lawmakers had a collective priority for the 60-day legislation session: to protect the funding for Jackson Health System.

They are close to declaring victory.

The $77.1 billion budget negotiated by the House and Senate this week shields Jackson from a potential $140 million hit for at least one year.

The budget also provides billions of state dollars for Miami-Dade schools, universities, parks, social services programs and economic development projects.

"We accomplished what we set out to do, and that’s get what Miami-Dade deserves," said Rep. Eddy Gonzalez, the Hialeah Republican who chairs the Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation.

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