rick_scott_web_38.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The clock is ticking for Gov. Rick Scott. Scott has until May 24 to act on a proposed $74.5 billion state budget. The Republican-led Legislature on Thursday officially put the budget on Scott's desk.

Scott is expected to sign the budget into law, especially since it includes $480 million for teacher pay raises.

But the GOP governor can use his veto pen to wipe out individual spending items in the budget.

Scott has already warned legislators that he expects them to justify the millions they put in the budget for hometown projects.

Scott may also veto a proposed 3 percent tuition hike for university and college students. Scott has maintained a hard line against tuition hikes this year.

The budget covers state spending from July 1 to June 30, 2014.