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Senate votes to override veto of public education budget as ‘insurance’

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The Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of the public schools budget — as an “insurance policy” intended to keep the schools open after July 1 if this week’s special session of the Legislature breaks down. “This is an insurance policy. We just don’t want to get to a situation where we end up without having our (education) finance program funded,” Appropriations Chair Jack Latvala said. “You know as well as I do that we’re in contentious times…

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Rick Scott signs budget, officially issues $256 million in spending vetoes

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Republican Gov. Rick Scott made it official Thursday night, formally signing the $82.3 million budget presented to him today by state lawmakers. He also made official his list of line-item vetoes announced Tuesday, excising some $256 million in member-sponsored funding from the budget he today enacted into law. “I will be signing this budget into law as soon as the Florida Legislature delivers it to me and withholding approval for approximately $256.1 million in projects that do not provide a significant return on…

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Rick Scott says he will veto more than $250 million from state budget

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott took a pre-emptive strike Tuesday, saying he plans to veto more than $250 million in projects when lawmakers send him the fiscal 2016-17 budget. The move comes just days after the Legislature voted overwhelmingly — 40-0 in the Senate and 119-1 in the House — to approve the $82.3 billion spending plan. The proposal hasn’t officially been sent to Scott for his signature and vetoes. “I will be signing this budget into law as soon as the…

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Florida lawmakers moving quickly to wrap up budget talks

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Florida legislators are moving quickly to bridge their differences on a roughly $80 billion state budget. Legislators met in the Capitol over the weekend to work out spending on key areas such as education, transportation and health care. Legislative leaders Friday reached a broad budget deal regarding tax cuts and overall spending. Now budget committees are working on individual items. House Republicans on Saturday offered a school funding proposal that would trim local property taxes charged by school districts. Senate…

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‘It’s working!’: Executive agency veto statement round-up

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In the wake of this morning’s budgetary blood bath that left $431 million in state spending on the Rotunda floor, state senators have had a thing or two to say about Gov. Rick Scott‘s line-item veto spree. So have the governor’s many boosters within state governmental agencies, who worked up prepared statements and sent them out into the world today. Below is a selection of statements from the inside looking out. Department of Education — Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said, “We are fortunate…

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