Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a $74.1 billion state budget for the year beginning July 1, after vetoing $368 million Monday from the proposal approved by lawmakers earlier this month.
Erased with the vetoes was $6.5 million sought by Palm Beach State College for a new campus in Loxahatchee Groves — the third time such funding has been wiped out by a Florida governor. Another $325,000 in projects along the Lake Worth Lagoon sought by Palm Beach County officials also was vetoed.
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Staff writers Dara Kam, Christine Stapleton and Jennifer Sorentrue contributed to this story.
VETOED FROM BUDGET
Palm Beach County projects
- Palm Beach State College, Loxahatchee Groves campus: $6.5 million.
- Bethesda Memorial Hospital, special Medicaid payment: $3.6 million.
- Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, violence prevention unit: $1 million.
- Glades Utility Authority, pipeline improvements, $1 million.
- Riviera Beach, stormwater work: $1 million (two projects).
- Lake Worth Lagoon, monitoring, seagrass, shoreline: $325,000 (three projects).
- Rural dental health initiative, including Palm Beach and nearby counties: $250,000.
- Lake Park, drainage work: $200,000.
- Scripps Research Institute, nicotine addiction grant program: $100,000.
- Torry Island, master plan: $75,000.
Other notable cuts
- Multi-use trail, Central Florida: $50 million.
- Restored sweep of State Economic Enhancement and Development trust fund: $24.9 million.
- Enhanced payments to HMOs: $23.3 million.
- State college system, 3 percent tuition increase: $26.4 million.
- State university system, 3 percent tuition increase: $18.5 million.
- State university system, military base realignment: $15 million.
- Gulf Coast State College STEM building: $14 million.
- Aid to local governments, primary care residencies: $5.2 million.
- Hendry County airport, water main improvements: $3 million.
- Walton County, wastewater treatment, $3 million.
- Indian River County, Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch lagoon observatory: $2 million.
Source: Gov. Rick Scott’s vetoes to SB 1500, the state budget for 2013-14