Gov. Rick Scott faces an April 21 deadline to sign the proposed $70 billion budget for the upcoming 2012-13 fiscal year and issue vetoes, reports News Service of Florida. Legislative leaders sent the budget to Scott on Friday, along with a series of other bills. Among them are a bill (SB 1994) aimed at creating Florida Polytechnic University in Polk County. Senate Budget Chairman JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales, spearheaded the controversial bill, which would split off a Lakeland campus of the University of South Florida. Scott also received a wide-ranging proposal (SB 1998) that deals with issues such as transportation funding and a Port of Miami dredging project.
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