Governor Rick Scott on Monday signed Florida's budget into law, but not before he vetoed $368 million worth of projects. Included in those vetoes was a 3 percent tuition hike for state universities. The governor said he just could not allow college to become less affordable.
"This is the wrong thing to be raising tuition on Florida families. We, our, tuition has gone up significantly over the last five years. We've got to stop this. We've got to make sure we focus on keeping the cost of higher education as low as we can, and make sure these students get jobs."
What did make it through in Central Florida was $400,000 for Evans High School to staff a medical cottage. The trailer that will be used was donated according to State Senator Geraldine Thompson. The new funding will be used to staff it.
"Young people at Evans High School, and young people in the Pine Hills area and their parents, can come to the wellness clinic for primary care that they otherwise would not have access to."
She is unhappy with the governor and his use of the veto pen, calling the legislative session a "C-" for its effectiveness. She feels like the governor did not take care of the people that need it the most.
"He did slight the Pine Hills community. We had funds in there for the Urban League in Orange County that were also vetoed, and Pine Hills, quite frankly has been neglected for many years."
The governor rejected $800,000 to build a pedestrian bridge across the intersection of Pine Hills Road at Silver Star. The bridge was billed as a way to better protect students walking home from Evans High School.
He also rejected $50 million to build a trail system that would cross the state from the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic right across Central Florida.
To see the full list of the Governor's vetoes, click here.