Rick Scott just vetoed money for UCF’s downtown Orlando campus

From the Orlando Sentinel‘s

State money for several projects in Central Florida, including the University of Central Florida downtown campus, vaporized Tuesday as Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $461 million in spending before signing the $78 billion budget.

Scott’s action avoids a partial government shutdown that loomed if a budget wasn’t in place by June 30, the end of the fiscal year.

But the $15 million for the UCF downtown campus approved by the Legislature, described by school officials as a “good start” despite being short of the $60 million needed for the first phase, is no more.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer last week called the $15 million a “home run.” On Tuesday, he described the governor’s decision to veto that funding as “extremely disappointing,” adding that Scott’s vetoes included cuts to “huge economic catalysts” for the region.

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