Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday called for a record-high state budget of $87.4 billion for next year, an election year that offers him one last chance to recast spending priorities before leaving office. It is by far the largest budget Scott has proposed since the Republican governor took office seven years ago, and it’s a far cry from his initial budget that tried to slash classroom spending by 10 percent. His proposal is certain to undergo major change when the annual legislative session begins Jan. 9.
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