BRADENTON, Fla. – Florida legislators took advantage of a thawing economy and passed the state’s largest budget ever, even without including measures to help pay for improvements to the Miami Dolphins’ football stadium.

Lawmakers passed a $74.5 billion fiscal 2014 budget on Friday that represents a 6% increase over the current year’s plan, thanks to the first major revenue increase since 2008. Revenue growth in the state, which has no income tax, had been stymied by the economic slowdown.

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