TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is warning legislators that he could veto projects they have stashed in the state budget.
Scott has been at odds with the Republican-controlled Legislature because they have not embraced his top priorities. Scott is seeking a $2,500 across the board pay raise for teachers and a tax break for manufacturers.
State lawmakers have set aside money in a proposed $74 billion budget for teacher raises, but budget negotiators have said they will not give every teacher the pay raise the governor wants.
Budget negotiations are still underway. But Scott said Thursday that he has already noticed that legislators are inserting money for hometown projects into the budget.
The governor said he expects legislators to justify their spending requests.
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