Governor Rick Scott signs budget but vetoes millions

May 27th, 2011 by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Gov. Rick Scott signed a new Florida budget but vetoed a record $615 million after lawmakers previously chopped nearly $4 billion.

The Republican governor went to The Villages, a central Florida retirement community and GOP stronghold, on Thursday to sign the $69 billion budget in front of a friendly crowd.

Sheriff’s deputies escorted protesters from what a GOP staffer said was a private event.

Scott’s office called the spending plan a “historic jobs budget.”

Democrats and other critics called it a job-killing budget.

It eliminates about 4,500 state positions, most of them filled. School districts expect to lay off thousands more due to spending cuts.

Scott proposed deeper education funding cuts than lawmakers approved, but he said the vetoed money should go to schools.

© 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.


Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment. You are free to voice your opinion but please keep it clean. Any comments using profanity will be rejected.