ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Governor Rick Scott visited Orlando to promote WrestleMania coming to Orlando in the Spring of 2017. His visit to Central Florida comes a few days ahead of a vote by Florida legislators on an $82.3 billion budget.
Gov. Scott knows the state budget is a hot topic, and leaders here are pushing for the University of Central Florida to get $20 million for a Downtown Orlando campus. "I've had so many people calling about all kinds of things that might be in the budget. As you know, I'll get the budget, probably Friday night."
The governor would not say for sure whether the funding would survive his veto pen. As much as $20 million was allocated by the Legislature for the campus. Another $20 million would come from UCF. The final $20 million would come from private fundraising efforts.
Even though the school has only raised $16 million of that so far, Governor Scott seemed to indicate that the private money is pushing him in the direction of supporting the funding. "I assume, the way the way the budget will show, is that the money can not be spent unless they have $20 million." He added, "I think it is important to find out public support and private investment."
The governor said he plans to review every single line of the 447-page budget, before he decides what will stay and what will be vetoed. "I go line by line to make sure it is good for you the taxpayer. I focus on making sure we can get a return for our tax dollars, and I do everything we can to focus on how can we get more jobs."
One item that is currently being scrutinized by government watchdog groups is $7 million put into the budget by Melbourne State Rep. Ritch Workman for police radios that would come from the Harris Corporation, a company in his district. No state agency requested the funding, and it was added at the end of negotiations on the final spending between the House and Senate.