TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott surprised many observers on Tuesday when he announced plans to veto $256 million in projects, a much smaller list than expected after lawmakers blocked some of his top legislative priorities.
While it’s more than $200 million larger than the veto list last year, which sparked anger among many members who found their spending projects on the lengthy cut list, it is significantly smaller than Scott’s record $615 million in vetoes that came durig his first year in office.
“I was pleasantly surprised,” said Senate budget chief Tom Lee. “My sense was that the number was going to be higher.”