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Will corporate tax deal save some pork projects in state budget?

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Gov. Rick Scott said he'll decide which spending projects to veto based on a simple question: "Is it going to get our economy going?" But don't be surprised if Scott, who has vowed to veto pork from the budget, pardons some of the so-called budget turkeys.

Scott said today that negotiations with the House and Senate over his corporate income tax cut included discussion about saving some lawmakers' spending projects. "Everything has come up," Scott said. But Scott wouldn't offer any examples. "I don't think that's in my best interest," he laughed.

There was lots of laughing from Scott this morning, who was in a particularly good mood after lawmakers put corporate tax relief into the budget allowing him to claim victory the cut as well as pension reform and creation of a new state agency for economic development. All three items are a much different shape than Scott wanted, but that was no matter.

"All along I planned on working with the Legislature to figure out how to do that," Scott said. "The things I cared about -- whether it was reducing the business tax, reducing the size of government, the cost of government, pension reform -- all of these things we're moving down the track.

"So, it's good."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 1:34pm]

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