Scott Vetoes Tuition and More

Scott signed the 450 page spending plan behind closed doors. Then he used a 58 page letter to explain why he objected to hundreds of millions in spending, much of it parochial for powerful lawmakers.

"I'm responsible for 19.2 million people. I'm not responsible for one region by itself. I want to take care of all Floridians," said Scott.

Gone are college buildings, courthouses, Sheriff’s stations, and most notably, tuition hikes for colleges and universities.

"I worry about the cost of higher education," said Scott.

The tuition veto is seen as favorable by students who offered opinions.

"That's really good. I think it's really good. I think it's great because tuition is expensive enough and I think raising it is ridiculous," said Kaela Coch.

"That's good. I think we're paying enough tuition," said Adiana Sanchez.

Scott tuition vetoes are legally questionable, but no one challenged the last governor who did the same thing.

"Well, I don't anticipate a challenge, but if there is we're going to fight it. This is the wrong thing to be raising tuition on Florida families," said Scott.

Scott more than tripled the dollar amount for vetoes sought by the watchdog group Florida Taxwatch.

"I've seen dolphin tales. I have seen. I've met Winter I went there.”

But one item he left in the budget was four million for a film about winter, the tailless dolphin in Clearwater.

"The decision for this was jobs, improve education, get the cost of living low."

And listing those three criteria is a statement he repeated seven times during his nine minute availability.

Even after the vetoes, the budget is at 71.1 billion and is the largest in state history, but Scott says when inflation and growth are factored in, it is the smallest budget in more than a decade.


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