TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Fla. Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed a new $74.1 billion state budget into law. The new budget covers spending from July 1 to June 30, 2013.
Scott, however, used his veto pen to eliminate nearly $368 million worth of projects placed in the budget by state legislators.
Here's some highlights from the five-page list of items that Scott vetoed:
COAST TO COAST CONNECTOR: $50 million to help construct multi-use trail from St. Petersburg to Titusville. Project was intended to fill in gaps between existing trails.
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY TUITION: 3 percent tuition hike for students at Florida's 11 public universities and 28 community colleges. Tuition hike would have raised estimated $46.1 million.
VETERAN EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS: $2 million in financial aid set aside to pay living expenses for active duty military and veterans attending college or a university. The aid was limited to roughly 2,700 students who were in military on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
RENEWABLE ENERGY: $7.5 million for renewable energy institute at Florida Gulf Coast University.
COLLEGE BUILDINGS: $37.2 million set aside for the construction and repair of college buildings, including $14 million for a new science and engineering building at Gulf Coast State College and $5 million in maintenance for Florida State University.
WATER PROJECTS: Roughly $27 million in water projects ranging from drainage projects to sewer system upgrades including $1.23 million for a water main extension in Bushnell to $3 million for a wastewater treatment facility in Mossy Head.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS: More than $11 million for community development projects including a Salvation Army housing project in Polk County and money for an industrial park in Walton County.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS: $5.45 million for economic development projects including $2 million for a space exploration research lab at the private Florida Institute of Technology.
HEALTH CARE: $23.2 million set aside to provide increased reimbursements to health maintenance organizations that treat Medicaid patients and $9.3 million in increased payments to nurses.
On the web: Veto list: http://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Veto-List-2013.pdf
Scott's veto letter: http://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Message1.pdf