The table or desk, is now set for Florida Governor to sit down and veto the entire $82.4 billion budget the Florida Legislature just passed by overwhelming majorities in both chambers.
Scott recently said that he had the option as governor to veto the entire budget, which is now likely to happen after the Republican-led legislature passed on the governor’s three main budget asks.
What Scott asked for and what he actually received, was entirely different.
Scott wanted $200 million to speed up the construction fix of the dike around Lake Okeechobee, He got $0.
Of the $85 million he sought to fund the state’s ongoing efforts bring businesses to Florida, Scott received another big fat goose egg.
And finally, the $100 million he asked for marketing Florida’s tourism trade, Scott received a measly $25 million.
How they voted:
The Senate: 34-3.
Legislators will not make their cases to the governor for why they believe he should sign off on the budget. This should be interesting, and moves to dissuade Scott from vetoing the bill will probably failed. Scott has been touring the state bashing GOP legislators for not funding his projects, so why would he back down now?