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Governor Scott has one week to sign Florida's budget

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 03:34 PM CDT
Governor Scott has one week to sign Florida
FLORIDA   --  Governor Rick Scott has until next Friday to sign off on the state's 74 billion dollar budget.
His staff has been sending letters to organizations set to receive state money, asking for justifications.
A government watchdog says at least one hundred million of spending ought to be axed.

When the handkerchief fell ceremoniously ending the legislative session, lawmakers took home the biggest budget in state history, 74.5 billion. After six leans years, the spending plan left room for plenty of home town projects both big and small.

For more than 20 years, Florida Taxwatch has been combing through the hundreds of pages of detail and recommending which budget items are unusual, didn't go through a process, or are just plain wasteful.

Kurt Werner/Taxwatch Budget Analyst
"On the list is 9 million for Embry Riddle..a private aeronautical university in Daytona Beach, 14 million for a building at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City that ranked low on a priority list, and four million for a film project in Clearwater. Taxwatch says there were better uses for the money."

Rob Weissert/Taxwatch VP for Research
"The 100 million plus could have hired three thousand more teachers..added three more days of sales tax holidays, funded the governors manufacturing tax cut, or added thousands of kids to the early learning program."

Governor Rick Scott has the final say.
When lawmakers were still in session, Scott used the threat of vetoing budget items as leverage for his priorities. Taxwatch says that's okay.

Kurt Werner
"For even they know, money is the grease that makes budget negotiations possible."
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