Governor Scott vetoes $360 million from state budget
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 Aquarium’s subsidy to lure a sequel to the Dolphin Tale film survived Scott’s veto.
Scott’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.
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