Governor Scott has done something right for a change and something that will benefit the Treasure Coast. Rather than try to breathe life into a dead project by redistributing Floridian’s money to the failed projects on the Treasure Coast, Scott has vetoed the corporate welfare.
The Treasure Coast’s research facilities were on Gov. Rick Scott’s chopping board as he vetoed more than $400 million from the state budget the Legislature passed last week.
Scott signed a $78 billion state budget Tuesday morning and vetoed $2.5 million each for cash-strapped Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute and Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in Port St. Lucie.
But wait it gets better. Another crony project unsustainably sustained by theft got cut too.
Scott also vetoed $450,000 for the Treasure Coast Research Park in St. Lucie County.
The Treasure Coast is not the only area that had needless funding slashed.
Scott’s $461.4 million in vetoes is one of the highest in state history. Lawmakers who negotiated the budget added more than $300 million in local projects during last-minute meetings last week.
The Treasure Coast governments have also been exposed for their failure to plan. While trying to shift the blame from their own poor planning to All Aboard Florida local governments wasted time and pledged millions to fight All Aboard Florida while asking the state to cover railway quiet zones. Rather than blaming their mistakes on All Aboard Florida local government was negligent in their duty to maintain safe roads.
Here are some projects that got slahed:
- $10 million: Rail quiet zone improvements
- $2.5 million: Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute
- $2.5 million: Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies Florida Drug Discovery Acceleration Program
- $1.5 million: Bridge Road bridge replacement in Martin County
- $450,000: Treasure Coast research Park
- $250,000: Navy SEAL Museum
- $43,000: Martin County Hazardous Materials Response Team
It’s like Rick Scott just gave the statists on the Treasure Coast the middle finger while slashing wasteful spending.
This is a rare time to be pleased with the performance of Rick Scott.