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Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera's role (or lack thereof) in budget vetoes


Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed so many projects in the state budget Tuesday -- and so quickly -- that it made some political insiders wonder: Did he get recommendations from anyone outside his office?

That question was making the rounds in Miami in particular, as the hometown of Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, whom some lobbyists privately hoped would intercede for local projects.

No such luck.

Lopez-Cantera, a likely 2016 U.S. Senate candidate, said Monday before celebrating the budget's tax cuts with Scott that he left the budget review to the governor.

"There's always room to make government more efficient, and I trust the governor and his judgement in his review of the budget, which I know is already under way," Lopez-Cantera said  before the event with Scott in Doral.

Did he make any veto suggestions to Scott? "I have not made any recommendations to the governor, no. Not yet."

Would he? "Wait and see," Lopez-Cantera said. "I'm not sure."

The budget, and vetoes, were signed 22 hours later.