Crist Vetoes $364M from Fla. Deficit Package

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Charlie Crist has signed a deficit-elimination package after vetoing spending cuts and fund shifts totaling $364 million.

Crist signed a revised budget Tuesday for the year ending June 30 and a series of conforming bills that lawmakers passed during a special legislative session earlier this month.

The plan is designed to plug a budget hole of at least $2.3 billion.

Some of the spending cuts Crist restored will avert more layoffs of probation officers, continue the state's popular Florida Forever environmental land-buying program and give board-certified teachers the full bonuses they had been promised.

Crist, though, declined to veto a $190 million spending cut for affordable housing.

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