Joe Negron

Florida Gov. Scott signs new budget, uses veto pen sparingly

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who came into office nearly eight years ago promising to slash government spending as part of a plan to turn around the state's economy, signed a roughly $89 billion state budget Friday that is much larger than the one he approved back in 2011.

Scott acted quickly on the annual spending plan that had been approved by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature just days earlier. Heading into a crucial election year, Scott spared many individual projects from line-item vetoes. Instead, he vetoed a modest $64 million in projects and spending decisions — the lowest amount he has vetoed during his time in office.

The GOP governor, who is leaving...