In an unexpected move, Governor Rick Scott announced today the vetoes that he intends to make once he receives the budget from the Legislature. He had said yesterday as he began his Million, Billion Jobs Victory Tour around the state that he thought the $83.2 billion budget passed by the Legislature was a good one. The list of vetoes that he has said he will do upon receiving the budget totals $256.1 million of projects that he said he felt didn’t bring significant return on tax payer investments.
Although Tampa Bay lost some good projects such as funding for the Brandon Sports & Aquatics Center, Hillsborough Community College South Shore Campus, Pasco Hernando State College Performing Arts Education Center and Pinellas Education Foundation Career Planning, the vetoes planned by the Governor are not as severe as many had feared. With the Governor’s top priorities of Creation and funding of an Enterprise Fund; $1 billion of tax cuts this year and education funding levels not met by the legislature, it had been speculated that his vetoes could exceed the historic levels of cuts he made in 2015. The good news is that with the planned cuts, it is highly unlikely that the Legislature would consider convening for a special session to override any of the vetoes.
To read a copy of the Governor’s announcement click here.
For a full list of the projects that the Governor plans to veto click here.