Governor Scott Unveils Proposed 2012 Budget

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants more money for schools but he’s proposing $4.6 billion in spending cuts for other parts of the state budget to get it.

Scott on Wednesday rolled out spending recommendations that include $1 billion in new money for education.

His proposal for the budget year beginning July 1 totals $66.4 billion.

Besides funding the school increases, the cuts also would offset a potential deficit of nearly $2 billion and tax cuts.

Some of the heaviest cuts would come in the state-federal Medicaid program.

This is the second budget Scott has proposed but the first he’s announced at the Capitol. The Republican governor unveiled his first budget at a tea party event in central Florida.

Lawmakers will begin drafting a budget in January.

Source: Associated Press