Scott berates budget as ‘backroom deal,’ says he could veto whole thing

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, whose priorities were largely ignored by the Florida Legislature in passing an $83 billion budget Monday night, accused lawmakers on Tuesday of acting “largely behind closed doors” and mentioned the possibility he’ll veto the entire spending blueprint.

Florida governors regularly exercise line-item veto authority, but a governor hasn’t vetoed an entire budget since Lawton Chiles did in 1992.

The Republican-controlled House and Senate stung the Republican governor by not approving business and tourism incentive money Scott wanted and by rejecting his request for $200 million for repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee.

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