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Scott could spare education in budget proposal

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By Lynn Hatter

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Tallahassee, FL – Public school budgets may get a breather this year after several years of cuts. Lynn Hatter reports in a conference call with district superintendents Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott said he's proposing a billion dollar funding increase.

In his first budget proposal right after becoming governor, Scott proposed a 10-percent education funding cut. But recently, the Governor has been touting the importance of investing in education and repeated the call Tuesday in his weekly radio address.

"I am committed to increasing Florida's investment in the education in our young people. Education pays, and we must clearly find a way to increase our investment in Florida's students."

In a conference call with school superintendents Tuesday, Scott said he'll veto any budget that comes to his desk with cuts to education. The governor plans to release his budget proposal for the coming year Wednesday afternoon. The extra money for education may come from cuts in other state agencies and programs.