In an unexpected move Wednesday, the Senate unanimously approved its proposed $74.3 billion budget.
"It's a tribute to the bipartisanship that we've seen in the Senate during the budget process," Senate President Don Gaetz said.
The spending plan includes a $1.2 billion increase to public-school funding, $70 million for Everglades restoration and 3 percent across-the-board pay raises for state employees, many of whom haven't seen their salaries increased in six years.
"I think that this budget takes care of the basics," Senate Budget Chairman Joe Negron said. "Things that we haven't been able to take care of and respond to in the past, given the challenges in the economy, we're now taking those on. We're making sure that our foundation is strong and that we're not deferring issues that need to be addressed."