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Scott Defends Veto Of Money For Citrus Research

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Celestino Galindo Dominguez, 34, of Veracruz, Mexico, works at a citrus farm owned by Sorrells Brothers Inc. in the Central Florida town of Arcadia, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Celestino Galindo Dominguez, 34, of Veracruz, Mexico, works at a citrus farm owned by Sorrells Brothers Inc. in the Central Florida town of Arcadia, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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BONITA SPRINGS (CBS4)– Gov. Rick Scott says he vetoed $2 million for citrus greening research because there are other sources of funding for it within the industry.

Concerned growers gathering for their annual meeting in Bonita Springs Wednesday have said they needed the additional money to study the bacterial disease that could devastate commercial citrus growing in Florida.

During a luncheon with growers, Scott told them he is still learning about the industry. He also said he had tough decisions to make in his first state budget.

Responding to criticism about a bill that restructured the Florida Citrus Commission, Scott said he is willing to consider making changes. Growers groups had urged him to veto the legislation.

 

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