Gov. Scott vetoes $368M in special legislative projects

Gov. Rick Scott signs the surveillance bill as Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, left, and Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, look on, on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

Gov. Rick Scott signs the surveillance bill as Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, left, and Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, look on, on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

Rick Scott comments on fighting against tuition increases

Florida Gov. Rick Scott this morning signed the state's $74 billion budget and vetoed $368 million worth of special legislative projects.

The governor has vetoed a proposed 3 percent tuition increase on state college and university students. Scott, R-Naples, in his veto message said “higher education is one of the best ways we can prepare Floridians to get a great job.”

“I believe that I would not have had the opportunity to start a business, or even serve this great state, if I had not had the benefit of a higher education experience,” Scott said in the veto message. “Therefore, I believe it is incumbent upon state leaders to ensure the cost of higher education remains accessible to as many Floridians as possible.”

The budget includes $18.3 billion for fiscal 2013-14 for public K-12 schools. That sum includes increasing per student funding to $6,779 and $480 million to increase teacher salaries.

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