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Scott pledges major spending on environment in 2nd term


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TALLLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott is pledging to spend hundreds of millions on environmental programs if he’s re-elected to a second term.

Scott is scheduled to roll out his environmental platform during a campaign stop Monday in Martin County.

The Republican incumbent vows to dedicate $500 million to springs restoration over the next 10 years as well as $500 million to help create alternative water supplies.

Scott also plans to promise to spend $150 million a year for Florida Forever, the state’s environmental and conservation land-buying programs.

The governor is also pledging to crack down on polluters during a second term by increasing the fines that can be assessed against “bad actors” who violate permit terms.

Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist has criticized Scott’s environmental record.

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