Signaling a newfound commitment to education, Gov. Rick Scott not only signed a budget that partially restores money cut from the budget last year but he approved a 5 percent increase in state and community college tuition after months of warning that he would accept no increase in cost-of-living for Floridians.
The $70 billion budget, approved at Cunningham Creek Elementary School, an A-school in St. Johns County, also dramatically reduces the number of projects vetoed this year. The governor eliminated $142.7 million from the legislature's 2012-13 spending plan, four times less than last year's $615 million in vetoes.
Among the vetoes this year: $500,000 for the Dan Marino Foundation Vocational School for disabled kids, $1.5 million for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence and $100,000 for the Autism Center of Miami. Scott also vetoed $250,000 to provide security for the Oct. 22 presidential debate scheduled at Lynn University in Boca Raton and $500,000 for the Florida Aquarium. Download Final-Veto-List-4-17-12