Gov. Rick Scott signed the new state budget in the privacy of his Capitol office Tuesday — the first time in memory that a Florida governor took that important annual step in secret.
Scott’s press office said it would “send out pictures” of the event and that Scott would be available to answer questions following a Cabinet meeting Tuesday morning.
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The $78.7 billion budget includes $207 more per-pupil in Florida public schools and a tax cut package worth about $430 million. The new fiscal year begins July 1.
No word came from his office on line-item vetoes.
Scott has signed previous budgets at The Villages, a retirement community in Central Florida; at an elementary school in St. Johns County; and last year at a small silk screening business in Panama City. This time, he opted for the sanctity of his Capitol office, surrounded by aides and a photographer.