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DeSantis signs $116.5 billion budget in Tampa, vetoes $32 million in cultural grants

Millions of dollars in stormwater projects, school safety and infrastructure fixes were also vetoed.

By Mitch Perry and Florida Phoenix

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Tampa on Wednesday to sign a $116.5 billion state budget (HB 5001) for fiscal year 2024- 25, boasting about providing “historic support” for education, transportation, conservation, and the environment, plus tax relief, while also taking credit for spending slightly fewer state funds than a year before. “Aren’t you happy to see that?” he said to applause from the invited crowd at the Vault in downtown Tampa...

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