Scott: Vetoes will be “substantially less” than last year

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Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday morning that he will veto some items from the budget he’ll sign today, and while he declined to name any during a morning radio interview, he said the amount he’ll remove will be “substantially less” than what he vetoed last year reports the News Service of Florida. Last year Scott removed more than $600 million in spending from the budget. Scott told WOKV radio in Jacksonville that some backers of local projects have made a case to him that the money belongs in the budget. “If it’s your project, you think it really makes a lot of sense,” Scott said. “If it’s not in your community, it’s not so interesting.” One spending item he’ll approve: money for public television stations, which he vetoed last year. “They came back to me and they showed me there’s a return for that money,” Scott said. The governor will sign the bill at an elementary school in northern St. Johns County, trumpeting more than $1 billion in additional education spending in the budget.

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