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Rick Scott defends record-setting budget vetoes

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday defended his latest round of budget vetoes, which set a modern-day record for a governor but came from a long list of spending projects, including money intended for public universities and compensation for homeowners whose trees were torn down by the state. Scott late last week vetoed nearly $11.9 billion from the state budget as part of a private deal he worked out with legislative leaders. Legislators will return to the state Capitol for…

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Takeaways from Tallahassee – The (veto) pen is mightier than the (legislators’) sword

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And so it goes, another attempt to change the state’s alimony regimen, down in flames. This year’s bill (SB 668) was complicated by the addition of language from another measure in the 2016 Legislative Session. It would have changed the beginning assumption of child custody (or “time-sharing”) to 50/50 between spouses. And that is what killed it, thanks to state Sen. Tom Lee, a Brandon Republican. He pushed that language, which came from a bill of his (SB 250) that…

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Today on Context Florida: Salt Shaker, weird Republicans, do polls matter and suspect vetoes

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Today on Context Florida: Steve Vancore applies the Salt Shaker Test to recently released findings from a poll showing strong support for two statewide ballot initiatives being proposed in Florida. The first is John Morgan’s second take on medical marijuana and the other is a $10.00 per hour minimum wage being offered by a group known as “League of Voters, Extraordinaire.” Maybe it’s the excitement of the upcoming candidate debate, the influence of Pluto, or the infernal heat, but Diane Roberts…

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Geraldine Thompson says her projects were vetoed because she doesn’t ‘think’ like Rick Scott

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In a blistering press release, state Sen. Geraldine Thompson said Rick Scott vetoed eight projects she supported in the state budget because she doesn’t “think like him.” “I championed eight projects for appropriations that would benefit low-income and minority communities; all eight were vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott,” she said in a statement. “Could it be that my district has less need for support than other districts or could it be that citizens in District 12 are overlooked because I…

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Gov. Charlie Crist vetoes despicable, anti-abortion HB 1143

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***Update – 3:41 p.m.***Florida House Democratic Leader Franklin Sands issued the following statement: “The veto of House Bill 1143 is a victory for those who hold important the causes of personal freedom and less government intrusion in people’s lives. It’s a shame that Republican legislative leaders attempted to place an inappropriate burden on women seeking to terminate a pregnancy and attempted to so wrongly and unwisely expand the role of government. “I hope that the voters understand that Republican legislative…

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Charlie Crist vetoes sweeping property insurance bill

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From Julie Patel: Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a broad property insurance bill, SB 2044, late Tuesday that would have made it easier for insurers to raise rates and reduce claims costs. Crist, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat, said in a memo about the veto that he’s concerned about the bill’s potential impact on policyholders. “I am most concerned about the expansion of the current expedited rate filing procedure for property insurers that makes it easier to increase Floridians’…

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Larry Cretul warns Charlie Crist’s vetoes threaten state’s bond rating

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House Speaker Larry Cretul (R- Ocala) released the following statement regarding Governor Charlie Crist’s budget vetoes: “With the realities of today’s economic challenges, the Legislature had to make difficult decisions in order to responsibly balance the state’s budget. “Unlike the Congress, the Florida Legislature is constitutionally obligated to balance our budget, and therefore spending priorities must be set. In spite of a $3 billion shortfall this year, the House worked to maintain level school funding and put our children’s classrooms…

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