Scott signs budget, vetoes $68.9M in projects

Tallahassee, Florida (Tallahassee Democrat) -- Gov. Rick Scott signed a $77 billion state budget Monday. He cut $68.8 million with line-item vetoes.

Scott treaded lightly with his veto pen – relative to the more than $600 million he cut in his first budget in 2011 -- keeping the budget the largest in state history.

READ: Gov. Scott's 2014 budget veto list (PDF)

Legislators came into this year's session with a $1.2 billion budget surplus. They used some of the extra money on dozens and dozens of hometown projects.

The spending plan that goes into effect July 1 is the first in six years when the legislature had a fiscal surplus, prompting numerous line item local projects. Scott called the budget an investment in Florida's future and said it would help produce a more productive state workforce.

The budget includes increased spending on education and higher education, targeted increased for child-welfare services and begins funding for water-quality projects statewide. The budget does not include across the board raises for state employees, leaves out tuition increases at state universities and colleges and includes $500 million in tax cuts for Floridians.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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