Gov. Rick Scott Vetoes Millions Of Dollars Heading To First Coast

Jun 23, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott signs a bill into law on June 18. On Tuesday, June 23 Gov. Scott signed the budget for the state of Florida and vetoed millions of dollars of state money headed to Northeast Florida.
Credit State of Florida

Florida Governor Rick Scott has vetoed millions of dollars in state money that would have gone to Northeast Florida projects and organizations.

Of a nearly $80 billion dollar state budget, Scott’s vetoes include $1 million intended to renovate the St. Johns River Ferry and its landing sites in Mayport.

Scott also cut $1.2 million for Jacksonville’s Sulzbacher Center homeless shelter, $2 million for Jacksonville University, $500,000 for a Duval childcare-rating pilot program called Guiding Stars, and $2.5 million toward building a sports complex intended as a practice facility for the Armada Soccer team.

In his veto letter, Scott said he wants to save taxpayers money by investing in what he called “areas with proven results.”