Gov. Scott Says He Will Sign Budget, Call Special Session

Raquel Nash
June 4, 2017

Those issues will be a focus of a three-day special legislative session that will start Wednesday. Last year, he cut $256 million from the budget, with his record of $615 million in line-item vetoes set in 2011, his first year in office.

Also on the chopping block were $20.9 million for citrus canker payments in Broward County and $16.5 million for similar payments in Lee County.

Most significantly, Scott vetoed the $100,000 appropriated for what would have amounted to a second county judge in Flagler for a year.

The Governor announced he and the legislature are closing in on a budget deal, involving everything from your child's education to promoting Florida tourism. Attorneys for the homeowners raised property-rights arguments in challenging the department's actions, and a judgment was entered in 2008.

Scott signed the bulk of the Legislature's proposed budget Friday, vetoing the section dealing with per-pupil education funding. The remainder of the funding for 67 school districts comes from local property taxes. Lawmakers will rework that section of the budget during special session.

- THE NUCLEAR OPTION: Scott could veto the entire $82.4 billion bill and call lawmakers back into a special session to pass a new budget.

Scott toured the state criticizing the spending cuts.

In the end, Gov. Rick Scott and GOP leaders in the House and Senate hashed out a budget deal that allows each of the Republican leaders to claim victory. It is a wrecking ball aimed directly at our traditional public schools.

But Florida Power and Light executive Eric Silagy says the agency's marketing dollars are well spent in comparison to other large states like California, New York and Texas.

Among state colleges, Scott vetoed $5 million for a Miami Dade College gym renovation and $4 million for a building renovation at St. Johns River State College.

Scott also slashed money for universities, road construction and community projects.

The agreement will fund Visit Florida at $76 million.

The governor's veto list is to be released later today.

And although the new budget bill passed overwhelmingly, an override could be blocked by Senate Democrats, who control 15 of 39 now occupied seats and could use their leverage to increase spending on public schools. Instead, it will be spent on workforce training as well as public works projects such as roads.

Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican who is slated to take over as president of the Senate late next year, told The News Service of Florida that lawmakers have yet to strike a deal on implementation of the medical marijuana amendment. But on Friday Scott was complimentary.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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