Palm Beach County jockeys to try to protect budget items from veto
|By John Kennedy, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Money for replacing crumbling water pipes in the Glades and cash for a new
The governor's re-election prospects also could be tipped by the scope of his vetoes.
The budget now before Scott is the largest in state history, and tea party conservatives clamoring for smaller government would rally behind a bounty of vetoes, similar to the
But voters in some political toss-up areas also might welcome an infusion of
Scott has until midnight,
"The governor gets the final review," said Senate Budget Chairman
"He's pleased we met his priorities with this budget, which includes the
The budget for the fiscal year beginning
Scott went easier in killing
Incoming House Democratic Leader
"He gains more politically by cutting less," said Pafford, who said he opposed the budget because it fell short for Floridians needing services, especially health insurance.
Pafford said he expects Scott to emphasize the budget's upside.
The blueprint for the 2014-15 fiscal year includes the cuts in taxes and fees that Scott made a priority with lawmakers. But it also added
Most of the school increase will come from local school districts' property taxes, not state dollars, a disparity seized on by Democrats to accuse Republicans of supporting what amounts to a tax increase.
But helped by an overall,
These provisions are certain to draw sharp scrutiny from Scott, causing supporters of many items to make last-hour sales pitches to the governor's office.
"We're hopeful," said
As part of this strategy, the college enhanced its Capitol profile this year, hiring
Ballard has a contract with the
"This year, the school has done a lot of things to put it in the right place," Ballard said.
The county also is looking to land
Money for roads, water projects, beach restoration and social services around the county also is tucked into the spending plan.
"Clearly it's a big budget with a lot of stuff in there," said
County officials also deployed some unorthodox approaches to changing Scott's mind about some spending earlier vetoed.
Last fall, officials brought Scott on a tour of a water treatment plant in
The county eventually landed
Now it's up to the governor.
"We think the visuals may have helped," Bonlarron said. "But we'll find out soon."
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