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Scott budget's land-buying, springs and cleanup items draw lawmaker interest

With springs under stress, such as Falmouth Springs near Live Oak this past year, the Department of Environmental Protection has identified $7.1 million in its budget for springs restoration. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

Conservation land-buying, springs protection and cleaning up contamination sites were among the issues raised by legislators Thursday while being briefed on Gov. Rick Scott's budget request. 

The governor last week submitted to the Legislature his fiscal year 2013-14 budget request of $74.2 billion. His aides told committees on Thursday the goal of the request is to reduce the cost of living for Florida's families.

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