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.