Governor Scott vetoes $360 million from state budget listen05/20/13 AP
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Florida Governor Rick Scott hit back at the state Legislature today by vetoing almost $400 million from the state's new budget.
Scott praised the budget, which now stands at roughly $74.1 billion. The governor vetoed a 3 percent tuition hike for college and university students that had been championed by House Speaker Will Weatherford. There are legal questions, however, about the move and it could prompt a lawsuit from the Legislature.
The governor also said no to a $50 million item to help construct a hiking and biking trail that would have stretched from St. Petersburg to Titusville.
But the Clearwater Aquariumâ€™s subsidy to lure a sequel to the Dolphin Tale film survived Scottâ€™s veto.
Scottâ€™s vetoes wiped out millions for college buildings, health care programs and even money for supplemental programs for veterans.
Scott also signed several budget-related bills including one reauthorizing the state's popular back-to-school sales tax holiday. This year it will between August 2 and 4.