Gov. Rick Scott signs record $82 billion budget in speedy fashion
TALLAHASSEE - Without fanfare, Gov. Rick Scott said late Thursday he has signed a record $82 billion budget for next fiscal year, keeping intact $256.1 million in line-item vetoes that he foreshadowed earlier this week.
John Tupps, deputy communications director in Scott's office, announced the governor's actions in an email shortly after 8 p.m., with no immediate accompanying statement from Scott.
On Tuesday, in a highly unusual move, Scott released a pre-emptive list of planned vetoes and said, "I will be signing this budget into law as soon as the Florida Legislature delivers it to me." He did just that, with his signature coming the same day the budget reached his desk.