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Watching the clock for the state budget

Florida Budget
Posted at 6:12 PM, May 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-10 14:53:54-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Governor Rick Scott is on the clock for the next couple weeks his duty, to go through the budget line by line deciding how your taxpayer dollars will be spent.

"Hopefully when he comes and gets ready to veto anything hopefully he'll look at this budget and say it's a good budget and we can move forward," said Rep. Alan Williams (D)of District 8.

Representative Alan Williams is hoping Scott doesn't cut out much needed services to the local communities. This includes the roughly $66-million dollars of funding to Florida A&M and Florida State University which lawmakers cut during the 2012 legislative session.

"That's critical when you talk about having to offset some of the cuts they've made over the past couple of years," said Williams.

FSU is also looking to gain a little more including, $5-million dollars annually to operate the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

Also, lawmakers tacked on hundreds of special projects before they passed the $74.5 billion dollar budget.

City officials say they're planning to get approximately $1.2 million dollars for storm and waste water project for briar wood neighborhood in Tallahassee.

"It has great advantage to the residents because its going to fix a local problem in the neighbor hood with waste management," John Buss, City of Tallahassee Waste and Storm Water Management.

Buss says the plan is to eventually get rid of all septic tanks in the city because they have negative impact on Wakulla Springs.

Representative Williams says the project is much needed and their just hoping the governor agrees.

"Their helpful to the community because when we can offset or we can mitigate some of our water issues we have in the community it helps economic development," said Williams.