Florida Gov. Rick Scott has slammed the brakes on Central Florida's $1.2 billion SunRail project, putting a hold on $235 million in contracts for the project. Those contracts, flagged as "urgent" by the Florida Department of Transportation, include $168 million to design and build the first phase of the line and $39 million to buy cars, according to documents released late Friday by the governor's office.
An executive order issued by Scott immedately after taking the oath of office froze 900 regulations working their way towards approval and hundreds of contracts worth more than $1 million each until he could give them his ok. Scott has pledged to eliminate "job-killing" regulations. So far, he hasn't rejected any regulations, but has only approved about two dozen.
The SunRail contracts are among the first targeted by the governor for further scrutiny. He also wants to take a closer look at 26 contracts including $1.2 million for a wastewater project in Columbia County, $18 million for outpatient diagnostic imaging services, $1.2 million to add energy-savings features to an FDLE building, $1.3 million to put solar panels on state buildings, and $4.5 million for pharmaceutical devices used for birth control.