Governor Scott Vetoes $615 Million in Special-Interest Earmarks, Signs $69.1 Billion Budget (5/26/2011)

For Immediate Release 
May 26, 2011  

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Governor Scott Vetoes $615 Million in Special-Interest Earmarks, Signs $69.1 Billion Budget Calls on Legislature to Put Children First, Redirect Earmarks to K-12 Education


The Villages, Fla. – In keeping his campaign promise to make the tough choices needed to turn Florida’s economy around and get Floridians back to work, Governor Rick Scott today vetoed $615 million in special-interest earmarks and signed the 2011-12 state budget.  Governor Scott called on House and Senate leaders to redirect the vetoed special-interest dollars into K-12 classrooms and schools so that state spending can remain at last year’s levels.

After vetoes, the $69.1-billion budget meets government’s three fundamental obligations of protecting public health and safety, creating a business friendly environment and preparing Florida’s students to compete in the 21st century global economy.

“I commend the Legislature for sending me a budget that reduces the size and cost of government and provides tax relief to individuals and business,” said Governor Scott.  “Special interests probably aren’t happy with the tough choices I made, but I am confident everyone can agree that funding for our children and students is more important than pleasing Tallahassee’s special interests.”

Click here to see Governor Scott’s veto message.

Click here to see the complete list of vetoes.

For more information on the 2011-12 budget, visit www.FLGov.com/budget/.

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