The Florida Legislature has only a week left in its regular session, and reports are the Senate and House are far part on a compromise budget for 2009-2010. A special session appears likely.
So what is the drop-dead deadline for lawmakers to craft a final budget, complete with the taxes and fees to pay for it?
Sixty-seven days - or July 1 - the Senate's budget chief, J.D. Alexander, told the Herald's Tallahassee reporter Marc Caputo.
"That's when the government shuts down if we don't have a budget," Alexander said.