TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June 17, 2015 – Florida House and Senate budget negotiators struck a deal on a state spending plan Monday night moments before the stroke of midnight, pouring $301 million into projects at the last minute and closing out one of the more-raucous legislative debates in recent years.

Lawmakers did not have exact figures, but it's likely to be more than $76 billion but less than $80 billion. The Legislature is likely to vote on the package Friday, after a mandatory 72-hour "cooling off" period that starts after the document is printed. The vote will come 11 days before Florida must have a spending plan in place to avoid a government shutdown.

In a final negotiating session that started about 11:15 p.m. Monday, House Appropriations Chairman Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, and Senate Appropriations Chairman Tom Lee, R-Brandon, went through more than 100 pages of offers ranging across the state budget. Included in the documents were the final spending figures for public and higher education, as well as dozens of pages of details that comprise the fine print of the budget.

Also included: "Supplemental" or additional funding for initiatives ranging from $6.8 million for school uniforms to $2.4 million for a line item simply entitled "springs" to $5 million for the Florida Association Of Free And Charitable Clinics. Lawmakers also found time to direct $1 million already in the budget be used "to conduct programs designed to expand uses of beef and beef products and strengthen the market position of the cattle industry in this state and in the nation."

Corcoran called the session "one of the best I've seen in 30 years around this process" during an exchange with reporters after the meeting. He pointed to debates over health-care issues during the special session, which was called to deal with the budget after lawmakers couldn't agree to a spending plan during their annual spring meeting.

"This has been one of the most remarkable sessions for open, transparent debate and fervent positions on both sides, respecting each other, respecting their positions and yet having that debate," Corcoran said. "This is the way government should work."