Gov. Scott signs state budget with very few vetoes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- This year Governor Rick Scott kept the budget process pretty quiet. He decided not to hold a bill signing for the largest budget in the state's history and vetoed very few projects.

"In my first year, I walked in with in $3.6 billion budget deficit, it's nice to have a surplus to work with," Gov. Scott said Monday at a small business tour in Panama City.

Gov. Scott signed the $77 billion budget not getting rid of many home funded projects. He only vetoed $68.9 million. Sounds like a lot, but it's less than .1 percent of the final number and less than half of what he vetoed last year.

"It's tax payer money so I know that we need to invest that money well and get return on investment. That's how I went through the entire budget," he said.

Kurt Wenner is with Florida Taxwatch. Every year they release a budget turkey list they think the governor should veto. They included three Duval county projects. Two of them got vetoed.

"A lot of local communities are gonna see projects funded in their area," Wenner said.

Taxwatch focuses their turkey list of projects based on the way they were added to the budget not on their merit.

"He gut some, but he didn't get them all and we understand that but he vetoed a lot of things outside of our turkey list as well."

Jacksonville will get more funding for schools, the Cecil field spaceport and several other projects.

The new budget takes effect July 1.


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