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Governor Releases Budget Veto Plan

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State of Florida, Meredyth Hope Hall
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Even before the massive state spending plan hits his desk, Gov. Rick Scott says he’ll slash more than $256 million.

Scott sent out an announcement late Tuesday saying he intends to sign the $82 billion spending plan.  However, in an unusual move, he also listed dozens of spending items he will cross out.

Senate President Andy Gardiner responded with an announcement of his own, saying he respects the governor’s line-item veto authority.

And in his own statement House Speaker Steve Crisafulli echoed Gardiner, saying he is "grateful for Governor Scott's thoughtful review," and feels the governor "used his veto in a prudent and fair manner."

Lawmakers shunned Scott’s biggest priorities this year, including a 3 billion dollar gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The Legislature also refused his request to set aside 250 million in economic incentives to lure businesses.