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Gov. Rick Scott will sign state budget today near Jacksonville



Gov. Rick Scott hit the road this morning to sign the new state budget at a top-rated elementary school in an upscale suburb of Jacksonville.

The location gives Scott a convenient backdrop to frame what is sure to be part of this year's budget message: the fact that the Legislature boosted public school spending by $1 billion, as he requested.

But that will not quite make up for a cut of $1.3 billion in the current year's budget.

Scott will sign the budget at noon at the A-rated Cunningham Creek Elementary School in northern St. Johns County, in a week when students are taking FCAT tests that are used to grade schools. Story here.

Our friends at the News Service of Florida are reporting this morning on an interview Scott did with WOKV radio in Jacksonville:

Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday morning that he will veto some items from the budget he'll sign today, and while he declined to name any during a morning radio interview, he said the amount he'll remove will be "substantially less" than what he vetoed last year. Last year Scott removed more than $600 million in spending from the budget. Scott told WOKV radio in Jacksonville that some backers of local projects have made a case to him that the money belongs in the budget. "If it's your project, you think it really makes a lot of sense," Scott said. "If it's not in your community, it's not so interesting." One spending item he'll approve: money for public television stations, which he vetoed last year. "They came back to me and they showed me there's a return for that money," Scott said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 12:02pm]


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