Gov. Scott considering budget vetoes

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Governor Rick Scott is taking a look at possible items he'll veto from the state's proposed $77.1 billion budget. Lots of it could come from the Bay area.

Last week, Florida Taxwatch released its budget turkeys, or projects they think the governor should get rid of.

Hillsborough had the highest number of projects listed including:

  • $5 million for the USF College of Medicine
  • $3 million for the Fla. Conservation and Technology Center

Taxwatch says they're not questioning the worthiness of the projects, yet the process in which they were added.

We asked them about the highest funded place on the turkey list, the Port of Tampa Bay Gantry Crane raking in $12 million.

"The fact that it was added so late in the [budget] conference, we had to put it on the list, although we do think there's a lot of benefit to it," said Kurt Wenner with Florida Taxwatch.

The governor's office avoided specific questions about Hillsborough County and released this statement:

"Our office will work within the June 4 deadline to produce a final tax cut budget that invests in Florida's future, puts the state on a path toward continued job growth, and provides Floridians with half a billion dollars in tax relief."


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