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Scott grumbles about his agenda adrift; hints at vetoes

by John Kennedy | April 25th, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott grumbled some and hinted Thursday at vetoing some hometown spending sought by top lawmakers if the Legislature fails to act on his legislative proposals.

Scott’s biggest pitch — drawing Medicaid dollars to expand health care for low-income Floridians — looks doomed in the House. The House also has allowed to languish Scott’s push to eliminate the sales tax for manufacturers buying new equipment.

Meanwhile, House and Senate budget negotiators also have dismissed Scott’s $2,500 across-the-board teacher pay raises. They want to hand out the dollars solely based on merit.

“In the budget, for the first time since 2006, we have a surplus. I want to make sure we spend the money well,” Scott told reporters. “So, I would expect, like I did the last two years….I want to make sure we get a good return on our investment.”

Asked if he has targeted some spending already, Scott said, “There’s a lot of projects in there. I’m going to look at them closely. Legislators, I’m sure will want to come explain some spending. I have my priorities. I want to do the right thing for this state.”

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4 Responses to “Scott grumbles about his agenda adrift; hints at vetoes”

  1. Carol G Says:

    Gee, a little raise for employees who haven’t seen an increase in 7+ years might be nice.

  2. Searcher1 Says:

    If you want a raise for state employees, or some help on healthcare, you need to VOTE the GOP out of office. They care NOTHING about the middle or lower classes!

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  4. Jupiter Guy Says:

    @Carol, if they gave us back our 3% targeted tax many would be happy. Not happy enough to keep these clowns in office, but happy to get our money back.

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