HEADLINES : Florida
Gov. Rick Scott to sign state budget
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott hits the road Tuesday to sign the new state budget at a top-rated elementary school in an upscale suburb of Jacksonville.
The location gives Scott a convenient backdrop to frame what is sure to be part of this year's budget message: the fact that the Legislature boosted public school spending by $1 billion, as he requested.
But that will not quite make up for a cut of $1.3 billion in the current year's budget. The new fiscal year begins July 1.
Scott will sign the budget at noon at the A-rated Cunningham Creek Elementary School in northern St. Johns County, in a week when students are taking FCAT tests that are used to grade schools.
The $70.8 billion budget poses several challenges for the second-year governor.
Scott, whose oft-stated priority is to not raise the cost of living on Floridians, must decide whether to approve legislative tuition increases of 15 percent at state universities and 5 percent at state colleges.
He has repeatedly said he opposes higher tuition.