THE VILLAGES -- Funds for a rowing facility and three local college projects were among $615 million in state funding vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott today.
Vetoed were $5 million for a World Class International Regatta Sports Center at Nathan Benderson Park, $5 million for a State College of Florida library project, $4.6 million for New College of Florida, and $162,723 for USF Sarasota-Manatee project, identified as Utilities/Infrastructure/Capital Renewal/Roof.
The vetoes were announced in a press release this afternoon:
"In keeping his campaign promise to make the tough choices needed to turn Florida’s economy around and get Floridians back to work, Governor Rick Scott today vetoed $615 million in special-interest earmarks and signed the 2011-12 state budget. Governor Scott called on House and Senate leaders to redirect the vetoed special-interest dollars into K-12 classrooms and schools so that state spending can remain at last year’s levels,"
After vetoes, the $69.1-billion budget meets government’s three fundamental obligations of protecting public health and safety, creating a business friendly environment and preparing Florida’s students to compete in the 21st century global economy, the press release said.
“I commend the Legislature for sending me a budget that reduces the size and cost of government and provides tax relief to individuals and business,” said Scott. “Special interests probably aren’t happy with the tough choices I made, but I am confident everyone can agree that funding for our children and students is more important than pleasing Tallahassee’s special interests.”