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Scott's budget cuts hit Jacksonville where it hurts

By May 27, 2011

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Of the record $615 million cut from the state budget, roughly $14 million is directly tied to Jacksonville area projects, including nearly $10 million for a project to clean up the St. John's River.

Jacksonville mayor elect Alvin Brown promised to fight to restore what he called "vital funding," and even Republican Senator John Thrasher called the veto of St. John's River funding (which he sought) disappointing.

Other cuts include $1.7 million for Florida State College of Jacksonville, $1.3 million for UNF and $400,000 for Jacksonville charter schools.

The AGAPE Community Health Center also lost $500,000 in funding for a dental health unit designed to serve low-income areas of Duval county.

Governor Rick Scott's approval rating hit a new low of 29 percent (state-wide) last week.

Read the full list of items vetoed by Gov. Scott here.

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