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Gov. Rick Scott and Republican Legislature have declined over $100 million in federal money

Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and House Speaker Dean Cannon, all Republicans, applaud the passage of legislation during the 2010 session | Florida House.

From the Associated Press:

Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-led Legislature have rejected or declined to pursue more than $106 million in federal grant money and returned another $4.5 million for programs linked to federal health care initiatives, including cancer prevention, leading critics to say he is putting his conservative agenda ahead of residents' needs.

Scott ordered state agencies to reject any money tied to President Barack Obama's health care plan, which Florida is challenging in court, but Scott kept more than $13 million for a four-year abstinence education grant and for another program coordinating background checks for long-term care workers. The governor's spokesman said the abstinence program existed before the federal health care overhaul and the background check program will enhance efficiency.

Story here.