President Gardiner Responds to Governor Scott Vetoing Key Funding for Vulnerable Floridians

TALLAHASSEE,Fla –Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) today released the following statement regarding Governor Rick Scott vetoing key funding for Florida’s most vulnerable families.

“While Governor Scott will undoubtedly spend the next several weeks traveling the state touting his record number of vetoes as win for Florida’s families, there are many families across Florida who have seen their dreams shattered by his decisions today.

“Families who had hoped their children born with unique abilities would have the opportunity to attend a post-secondary program, receive specialized job training and take part in the college experience, will see that dream postponed another year.

“The Governor refused to support the Senate’s efforts to help the working poor in our state purchase private health insurance, yet vetoed nearly $10 million in funding for free and charitable clinics, again depriving these families of the chance for proactive primary care and pushing more and more Floridians without health insurance towards hospital emergency rooms when they are at their sickest and most vulnerable. He also vetoed funding for primary care residency programs and faculty to train physicians who work in rural and underserved areas.

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