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Governor Scott Signs 2018-19 Florida Budget
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Governor Scott Signs 2018-19 Florida Budget

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On Friday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the 2018-19 state budget, which is the largest fiscal budget plan in Florida’s history. At $88.7 billion, the 452 page budget includes $400 million for a school safety plan created as a result of the Parkland shooting. $67 million is allocated for a controversial program that properly trains and arms school staff. Another $25 million would be dedicated to a memorial and tearing down the building where the shooting took place.

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In a letter to Ken Detzner, Florida’s Secretary of State, Governor Scott wrote that “Following the tragedy in Parkland where 17 died, we came together as a state and I was proud to sign the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which invests nearly $375 million to keep our students and communities safe so this never happens again.”

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The budget also includes $130 million for Medicaid to use for funding nursing homes, $100.8 million for Florida’s Forever land preservation program and $90 million for hurricane related concerns that would repair charter schools and universities.

Governor Scott also vetoed $64 million, lower than the $69 million he vetoed in the 2014 budget, and the projects vetoed in the 2018-19 budget included $29 million for local road projects and $25,ooo in trust fund appropriations to be used by the Florida Housing Financial Corp.

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina was the Opinion Editor of his high school’s newspaper, and he was also Editor-in-Chief of Miami Dade College’s Urbana literary and arts magazine wherein he also won the 2013 FCSAA Best Fiction Story in the State of Florida Award. He’s currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in English Literature. Hobbies in his free time include reading, writing and watching films and basketball.

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