He was known as “Veto Corleone” for cutting spending as Florida governor. — Jeb Bush on Wednesday, May 20, in a meeting with business leaders in Portsmouth, N.H.
The ruling: Bush said “they called me Veto Corleone” as governor for his frequent use of the line-item veto. He did have a fondness for ruthlessly slashing projects he deemed wasteful or not in line with his agenda. It was confirmed he nicknamed the governor after the fictional mobster. This is one favor we grant Bush.
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Here’s a look at how much then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush vetoed from each year’s Florida budget:1999: $48.6 billion budget, $313 million vetoed.2000: $51 billion, $313.7 million2001: $48.3 billion, $288.8 million2002: $50.4 billion, $107 million2003: $53.5 billion, $33 million2004: $57.3 billion, $349 million2005: $64.7 billion, $180 million2006: $73.9 billion, $448.7 million* The state Supreme Court ruled a $16 million veto in 1999 unconstitutional.