Gov. Scott signs budget, vetoes Big Bend projects and services

Florida Higher Education
Posted at 6:00 PM, May 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-20 18:00:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Governor Rick Scott has now signed the state's $74.5 billion dollar budget, but he's not giving everyone what they wanted.

It's a staggering 74 and a half billion dollar budget, before signing off on it, governor Rick Scott went line by line cutting out nearly $400 million dollars of proposed projects and programs.

Among the cuts funding for a Gadsden County mobile health unit, denied now for the third year in a row.

"The governor with all of that information decided to veto a worthy project that I believe will help provide access to health care to many citizens in Gadsden County and will also in the long run save lives," said Rep. Alan Williams.

In our area, the governor also cut funding for a community center in Gadsden county as well as a water projects in Jefferson county and Gretna.

More than $1 billion was given to education and keeping tuition affordable for students.

In his budget, the governor nixed the 3-percent tuition increase lawmakers had been hoping for.

"This is not a political decision, this is the decision for Florida families, tuition can not continue to go up the way its been going up, said," said Governor Scott.

It's welcome news for Florida State University student Xaiyadeth Senenoi who says tuition almost made him quit school.

"Tuition is a lot, I pay for books, housing, and bunch of other fees," said Senenoi.

Senenoi is a junior at FSU who says school costs him thousands of dollars a semester.

"I'm the first generation to go to college and family definitely supportive and will appreciate this veto," said Senenoi.

By law the each college and university is allowed to raise tuition up to 15-percent if its approved by the board governors.

The governor also approved $480 million for teacher pay raises. State workers will also get raises this year ranging between $1000 to $1400.