Governor Scott signs state budget

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By: Associated Press
June 2, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a new state budget into law Friday evening, but not before he vetoed nearly $12 billion.

The governor vetoed money for public schools as part of a budget deal he worked out with legislators. Legislators will hold a special session next week, where they are expected to increase the amount going to schools.

Governor Scott also eliminated more than $400 million in projects, including money that was supposed to go to the Veterans Memorial Bridge Replacement in Leon County.

The governor also slashed money for universities, road construction and community projects.Funding for Florida State University was cut in 10 areas.

Attached is a PDF file containing the full veto list and the transmittal letter.

The PDFs can be found on this page as "Florida Budget Veto List" and "Florida Budget Transmittal Letter".


By: Mike Vasilinda; Capitol News Service
June 2, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- State lawmakers will head back to the Capitol next week for a three-day special session. Governor Rick Scott vetoed portions of the budget Friday, in an apparent move to boost school funding, and secure funding for his top priorities.

Applause at Enterprise Florida’s board of directors meeting rang out as Governor Scott announced a tentative deal to keep the agency alive.

“This wouldn’t, didn't happen because of hard work last week, it happened because of the hard work over months and months and months and months,” said Governor Scott.

Lawmakers will be back in the Capitol next Wednesday for three days for a special session. On their agenda: increasing public school funding, putting $76 million into Visit Florida, and $85 million for attracting businesses.

The deal was first announced at a press conference in Miami.

Governor Scott thanked Senate President Negron and House Speaker Corcoran for being in attendance. The presence of legislative leaders indicates there is a deal in concept.

“You know the way I always think about it is, I ran on jobs. By doing that, we have more money for education, more money for the environment. More money for a lot of things,” said Governor Scott.

Florida School Boards had been calling for the Governor to veto the budget over inadequate funding. A proposed $210 million increase was not included in the original budget.

“We really appreciate that he listened to the letters and that he is recommending about a hundred dollar per student increase,” said Andrea Messina of the Florida Schools Boards Association. “So we’ll see what happens next week.”

Lawmakers returning to the Capitol next week will not be cheap. The three day special session will cost taxpayers between 50 and 70 thousand dollars a day.

The Governor denied there was a deal not to veto a massive charter school bill.

“Probably the only person that would know would be me right?” said Governor Scott.

The charter school bill is the top priority of Speaker Corcoran. He made the deal possible by backing down on cuts to Enterprise Florida.

Medical marijuana is not on the agenda for next week’s special session, but lawmakers can add it without the Governor’s approval with a two thirds vote.


By: AP | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 2, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida legislators are returning to the state Capitol to hold a three-day special session where they will boost money for schools as well as set aside more cash for the top priorities of Governor Rick Scott.

Scott announced the details Friday in Miami with the two Republican legislative leaders. The session will be held June 7 through June 9.

He's calling for another $215 million in K-12 education funding, to increase per student funding by $100.

The governor is also proposing a new $85 million Florida Job Growth grant fund, to promote infrastructure and job training.

Scott had been threatening to veto the entire state budget after lawmakers provided only a small amount of money for the state's economic development agency, Enterprise Florida.

The governor also wants $76 million for his other priority, Visit Florida. The legislature's budget slashed funding for the tourism promotion agency.

The special session was also expected to include medical marijuana. Lawmakers failed to reach an agreement during the regular session on a measure to implement the constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for patients with a wide range of debilitating medical conditions.

But Scott didn't include marijuana in his call for the Legislature to come back to town.

Scott announced Friday that he is vetoing $410 million in individual spending items instead of vetoing the entire $82.4 billion budget.

Governor Scott's full budget veto list will be released later today.



 

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