With a light touch of his veto pen, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a new $88.7 billion state budget, eliminating only $64 million in spending and projects, the lowest total of his seven-plus years as governor.
Count former Gov. Bob Graham among those who were not overwhelmed by an environmental-funding proposal released this week by Gov. Rick Scott.
An $82.418 billion budget approved by the Legislature in this spring's regular session was the largest in state history.
But the Tallahassee-based group Florida TaxWatch, puts the final number on spending at $85.158 billion.
“Every session, the Legislature makes a relatively small amount of appropriations in other bills, including funding for agencies to implement new programs authorized by the legislation,” TaxWatch said in a release Thursday. “This session, the Legislature took this to a new level, passing 23 bills with nearly $2.5 billion in additional appropriations.”
Gov. Rick Scott, who fought House leaders for months over economic incentives and tourism money, used a heavier veto pen on House projects than Senate spending, an analysis shows.