Governor Rick Scott finalizes a 74.1 billion dollar budget for the fiscal year Monday. In the process, he vetoed more than 368 million dollars in projects, including the 14 million dollar STEM building for Gulf Coast State College.
The project, originally included in this years budget, was 14 million dollars to build a STEM education Center at Gulf Coast State College. President of GCSC Dr. Jim Kerley says the current facilities were built in the 1950's and are outdated. They also have some ADA compliance issues.
The project however made it on to Florida TaxWatch's Turkey List and Monday the Governor vetoed the project. Gulf Coast, however, says they will continue to work towards getting the funding.
"To me it had a lot of community support, board members, faculty, staff, and students, have written in on behalf of this facility," says Dr. Jim Kerley. "It really is disappointing, but there's another day, tomorrow. We're going to regroup and refocus for next legislative session, and also to seek out additional funds to get this facility built," says Dr. Kerley.
Kerley says the planning part of the project was funded in last years budget. The college also plans to look for grant money as a source of funding.