State Representative Tom Goodson (R-Titusville) took to social media this morning to join the chorus of lawmakers disappointed with the almost $500 million dollars in project vetoes Governor Rick Scott made before signing the budget on Tuesday.
“Although I have tried to find reasoning in his decisions, I can say that I am deeply disappointed with Gov. Scott’s veto list because it includes such wonderful programs as Brevard C.A.R.E.S., Crosswinds and the ARC of Florida. These are only a few examples of the many needed and worthwhile funds that were vetoed yesterday by the Governor” Said Goodson
Goodson is just the latest lawmaker to sound off on the vetoes made by Scott, that included cuts such as $15 million for the Downtown UCF Campus, $5 million for the Orlando Performing Arts Center, and millions more in cuts to infrastructure projects and programs in Central Florida.
Goodson is the first member of the House to voice disappointment in the cuts. Yesterday Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) said the vetoes “Shattered Dreams” (story HERE), State Senator Geraldine Thompson saw all eight her projects cuts and implied it was because her and the Governor did not think alike (story HERE).
There has been speculation that the vetoes were retribution for the Senate pushing the State Legislature into a special session regarding Medicaid. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer noted the connection during his media availabilty yesterday saying “Let’s be real. This was politics. A lot of these were Andy’s projects. It costed Central Florida a lot of projects. Everything that was important to the Senate President got vetoed.” (story HERE)