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Clock starts ticking on $77 billion budget
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Fla. Gov. Rick Scott is getting ready his veto pen.
The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature on Tuesday formally delivered a record $77 billion budget to Scott’s desk.
That starts the clock ticking for the governor. He has until June 4 to decide which spending items included in the budget should be vetoed. But there’s a good chance that Scott won’t wait that long to act.
The new budget is 3.5 percent higher than last year’s budget and includes a boost in money for schools, child welfare and projects to battle water pollution.
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.