TALLAHASSEE --Gov. Rick Scott took a knife to lawmakers' $74 billion-plus budget this week, blocking some $368 million in hometown projects.
But the collective response from legislative leadership was a yawn.
“While many will disagree with some of Governor Scott's line item vetoes, that is his constitutional role as Chief Executive," Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said Monday in a statement. "The next budget and policy cycle begins at sunrise tomorrow and we in the Senate look forward to our role as partners with the House of Representatives and the Governor.”
"While we did not agree on every line item, he signed 95 percent of our budget, which is a resounding endorsement of the House and Senate work product," echoed House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel.
Maybe the cool, calm and collectedness is because legislators still made out like bandits when you consider all the dollars they can claim to have delivered to their home districts -- more than $9.3 billion. With some $3 billion in surplus revenues, the Legislature's budget allocated a whopping $1.5 billion more in "county allocations" than it did in 2012 -- and many counties significantly overshot their average performance over the last decade.
So here's a chance to look at every county to see what they got (before the vetoes).
Here is also a map that allows you to focus on the allocations by program type.