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Clock starts ticking for Charlie

Gov. Charlie Crist was sent the $66.2 billion state budget on Friday afternoon, officially starting the clock for Crist, who has 15 days to sign the budget and use his line-item veto power to slash individual spending items.

Florida TaxWatch recommended that Crist veto $110 million worth of questionable projects inserted into the budget by powerful lawmakers.

Rep. David Rivera, a Miami-Dade Republican who got a few of his hometown projects funded, said the governor should realize that many of the projects are important to constituents.

"All the community projects are important to Floridians across the state,'' said Rivera, who said he and other Floridians "disagree" with TaxWatch's assessment.

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