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Two projects -- two! -- fall victim to veto pen



In the end, Gov. Charlie Crist found two projects in the budget worth vetoing, for a total of $1.1-million (compared to last year's take: $459-million).

The biggest axed project was sponsored by Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla and Rep. David Rivera of Miami -- an $840,000 grand to Exponica International for a Latin American exposition. (Crist vetoed it last year, too. Maybe they need a different strategy). Also vetoed: $300,000 for a restoration of the Harris Chain of Lakes north of Orlando, which included aquatic revegetation and re-stocking lakes with large-mouth bass (Sounds like something Charlie Crist would support, doesn't it?) Sen. Carey Baker, R-Eustis, and Rep. Hugh Gibson, R-The Villages, were sponsors.

Crist on Wednesday also vetoed a bill making changes to the regulation of the cosmetology profession (SB 996), calling it "overly regulatory."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:22am]


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