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Scott signs $69.9 billion budget, cuts fewer projects than last year

Gov. Rick Scott, center to right, with Rep. Doc Renuart, Sen. Stephen Wise, Sen. John Thrasher and Rep. Fred Costello, talks to reporters after signing the 2012-2013 budget Tuesday. Photo by Travis Pillow. 17-4-12

ST. JOHNS -- Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed a state spending plan of nearly $69.9 billion after slashing $142.7 million in line-item vetoes.

The total represents a fraction of what Scott vetoed last year, when he rejected more than $310 million in individual projects and another $305 million in spending authority for the Florida Forever land conservation program.

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