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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:09 AM

Gov. Ron DeSantis signs $90.9B budget, vetoes money for UCF, other projects

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed his first state budget Friday, a $90.9 billion spending plan with key increases for education and health care, but he also vetoed $131 million in projects, including several in Central Florida.

“I think it’s a fiscally responsible budget. I think we put taxpayers first,” he said at a news conference.

Nearly $1.7 million for UCF’s downtown campus was cut, as was $6 million for BRIDG, a Kissimmee technology research facility. Also, $100,000 for the Orlando Police Department’s rapid DNA testing program was cut by the governor.

Longwood GOP Rep. Scott Plakon’s push for $1 million to test autonomous vehicles in Altamonte Springs was vetoed as well.

Read more: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/politics/os-ne-desantis-signs-first-budget-20190621-bfo3mputvbeofe6o3bpes5dv7q-story.html

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