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Scott vetoes entire public education budget and $409 million in local projects

Scott at MIA 60217Gov. Rick Scott on Friday slashed the entire $11 billion public school budget and eliminated $409 million in local projects from the legislature’s $83 billion spending plan, setting the stage for a special session next week to increase funding to schools.

The projects vetoed from the proposed state budget are big as well as small.

Scott axed more than $37 million lawmakers set aside to pay homeowners in Broward and Lee counties for their lost citrus trees, money owed to homeowners as part of a settlement. He also rejected $100,000 for a statewide study about the cost-of-living disparities in Florida school districts sought by Miami-Dade Schools. Story and Miami-Dade and Broward project list here.