A week behind schedule, Florida legislators announced Tuesday that they had reached agreement on the broad framework for a budget reliant on federal stimulus money, increased fees and a $1-per-pack cigarette-tax increase to balance the books. But a central issue remains elusive: an Indian gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe. The two chambers are far apart and will begin meeting today on whether to allow blackjack at Seminole-owned Hard Rock casinos and their pari-mutuel competitors at greyhound and horse tracks.
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