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Florida Budget Numbers

Governor Rick Scott has until June 4th to sign the record 77 billion dollar state budget. An estimated twenty and a half million people now live in Florida.

The state of Florida will spend eight million seven hundred ninety-nine thousand dollars each and every hour of every day for the next year just to keep the lights on and do everything state government does.

"I should hope that million dollars is spent on something that's going to be good for the consumer, good for children," said Tyrone Hamilton.

And that's exactly where the money goes. Schools get just under a third of the total, spending almost 43 thousand dollars a minute.

The Department of Children and Families will spend three million a day protecting children.

The state police agency will spend 492 dollars a minute keeping us safe, while the cost of locking up bad people costs ten times that much, or 262 thousand an hour.