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Crist signs off on budget cuts

With little fanfare, Gov. Charlie Crist today signed the legislation that calls for an additional $512 million worth of budget cuts, most of which come from education.

Crist had been saying for days that he expected to approve the budget cuts approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature. He did not include any message about the budget cuts in his approval letter to Secretary of State Kurt Browning.

The key question moving forward is whether Crist will threaten to veto the next round of budget cuts if lawmakers continue to resist his push to dip into reserves in order to minimize the impact of reductions. So far Crist has resisted the use of what he calls the "v-word."