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Scott Signs Bill To Pay For Everglades Restoration

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File photo of the Florida Everglades. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of the Florida Everglades. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill into law that will keep in place a tax on farmers in the northern Everglades to pay for the long-term restoration of the River of Grass.

The bill Scott signed Tuesday has been praised by sugar farmers and environmental groups.

It will maintain an existing tax on farmers until the mid-2030s, although it calls for the tax rate to decrease starting in the mid-2020s.

The money will be used for water quality restoration projects that are part of an $880 million plan that was negotiated between Scott and the federal government.

The law also calls for spending $32 million a year for the next 10 years in an effort to reduce the amount of phosphorus that enters the Everglades.

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