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Governor Scott Vetoes Millions Before Signing State’s $77.1 Billion Budget

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DAVIE, FL - MARCH 28:  Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks as he attends the ribbon cutting for the opening of a I-595 Express Project on March 28, 2014 in Davie, Florida. The Governor finds himself dogged by questions about recent resignations by one of his top fundraisers, Mike Fernandez, as well as Gonzalo Sanabria, a longtime Miami-Dade Expressway Authority board member, who is reported to have resigned Thursday from his post to protest the disparaging and disrespectful treatment of Mike Fernandez, the former co-finance chairman of Gov. Rick Scotts campaign."  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

DAVIE, FL – MARCH 28: Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks as he attends the ribbon cutting for the opening of a I-595 Express Project on March 28, 2014 in Davie, Florida. The Governor finds himself dogged by questions about recent resignations by one of his top fundraisers, Mike Fernandez, as well as Gonzalo Sanabria, a longtime Miami-Dade Expressway Authority board member, who is reported to have resigned Thursday from his post to protest the disparaging and disrespectful treatment of Mike Fernandez, the former co-finance chairman of Gov. Rick Scotts campaign.” (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSE (CBSMiami/AP) – The state’s new multi-billion dollar state budget was signed into law Monday by Governor Rick Scott.

Scott, who has line-item veto power to eliminate spending on specific projects, vetoed nearly $69 million in individual spending items included in the $77.1 billion budget.

The vetoes included money for dozens of hometown projects sought by legislators including money for a Miami observation tower and a dog park.

The overall budget is roughly 3.5 percent higher than last year’s budget and includes a boost in money for schools, child welfare and projects to battle water pollution.

Unlike years in the past, Scott did not have a public signing of the state budget.

Legislators came into this year’s session with a $1.2 billion budget surplus. They used some of the extra money on dozens and dozens of hometown projects.

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