Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoes nearly $400 million from budget

12:36 PM, May 20, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is vetoing nearly $400 million from the state's new budget.

Scott on Monday signed the $74.1 billion budget into law.

But he also axed a whole line of project sprinkled in the budget including millions for college buildings, health care programs and even money for supplemental programs for veterans.

Scott also vetoed a 3 percent tuition hike for college and university students and $50 million for a multi-use trail that would cross the state.

The Republican governor still praised the overall budget, by noting it boosts spending on education.

However, Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning is not too pleased with the governor's decision to veto STEM Magnet funding. He released the following statement following the governor's decision Monday:

We are disappointed that Governor Scott vetoed the $1.5 million the Legislature appropriated for the Pasco County K-20 STEM Magnet Academy. We remain convinced that a science, technology, engineering, and math magnet academy is needed in Pasco County Public Schools, and we plan to continue our pursuit of a viable source of funding to get it started. 

I want to thank Senator John Legg and House Speaker Will Weatherford, as well as the entire Pasco County Legislative Delegation, for their unwavering support for this worthwhile program.

Considering the increasing number of STEM-related jobs in Florida, the District School Board of Pasco County knows that preparing students for careers in STEM is crucial. With this Academy, our goal is to graduate students who are ready to further their STEM education or go straight to work in high-wage, high-skill jobs.

This year marked the first time in years that legislators had a budget surplus to work with.

Some of Scott's vetoes took aim at fellow Republicans including Senate President Don Gaetz.

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