Gov. Charlie Crist slashed a record $360 million from the state’s $70.4 billion budget today, saying the projects were not properly vetted or benefited only select groups.
Crist’s vetoes include $160 million lawmakers had taken from the state transportation trust fund. Florida House leaders insisted on including the road project money to pay for per-pupil education spending.
Crist also vetoed a reduction in reimbursement rates for Medicaid nursing home providers and axed a portion of the budget that would have prohibited the use of any state funds to pay for human embryonic stem cell research.