State budget provides more than $50 million for projects in Northwest Florida

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Governor Rick Scott signed the state's budget into law Friday, providing more than $50 million for projects in Northwest Florida.

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"Through the efforts of Jay Trumbull in the House and myself in the Senate, we were able to bring home the bacon to Bay County," Senator George Gainer said.

According to the Governor's office, the budget invests record funding for education. Two of the projects benefit students at Haney Technical Center.

"The pipe-fitting program as well as the automotive program at Haney... both of them were put in at $500,000. The Governor has now signed the budget and so they're going to be off to the races to make sure those programs are bolstered to a new level and make sure we have more job-ready folks," District 6 Representative Jay Trumbull said.

Other education projects include a shipbuilding program in Bay District Schools, programs at Gulf Coast State College and Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, as well as a new K-8 school in Marianna.

"When you have employers like Bergpipe and Eastern Shipbuilding hiring just about everybody as soon as they're available, it's really a beautiful thing to have some of these projects come to fruition," Representative Trumbull said.

New fire departments in Jackson County and in Wausau made the list, as well as a pedestrian underpass at a busy intersection.

"We're also getting an underpass over on [Highway] 98 where we have a very dangerous intersection there where 30A and 98 meet, so we got $2 million to put an underpass in there and so we're so proud of that. We got $2 million for 280, the connector road in Walton County," Senator Gainer said.

Other projects benefit our areas agriculture and tourism.

Senator Gainer says most of the projects will kick off in the next 60 to 90 days. A list with more details is attached on the right side of this page.