Gov. Rick Scott said he used his veto pen sparingly this year when he removed $142.7 million in projects from the state's $70 billion budget. But when it came to South Florida projects, the region sustained nearly one fifth of all the cuts.
From vetoing $500,000 for the Bay of Pigs Historial Museum -- on the 51st anniversary of the invasion -- to rejecting a plan to replace aging trucks for the City of Hialeah, the governor vetoed $24.8 million from Miami Dade and Broward alone out of the $142.7 million in projects he cut.
Left in were projects he deemed worthy because of their economic development potential, such as a $500,000 plan to develop a rowing center in Sarasota. Left unsaid were the projects that remained in the budget because of the governor's relationship with its sponsor or other programs that were rejected because of the governor's disagreements with lawmakers.
Scott approved $1 million for the Boys and Girls Club of Pasco County, the homeown of incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, while he removed from the budget $100,000 for Girls Incoroporated of Sarasota County. Scott said he considers Boys and Girls clubs student focused programs that provide "measurable results."