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PolitiFact Florida: When Jeb Bush was known as ‘Veto Corleone’

Joshua Gillin

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a meeting with seacoast area business leaders, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Portsmouth, N.H. Bush is visiting the nation's earliest presidential primary state as he considers a run for the Republican nomination for president.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a meeting with seacoast area business leaders, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Portsmouth, N.H. Bush is visiting the nation's earliest presidential primary state as he considers a run for the Republican nomination for president. AP

PolitiFact Florida

The statement: Says he was known as “Veto Corleone” for cutting spending as Florida governor.

— Jeb Bush on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 in a meeting with business leaders in Portsmouth, N.H.

The ruling: Bush said “they called me Veto Corleone” as governor for his frequent use of the line-item veto. He did have a fondness for ruthlessly slashing projects he deemed wasteful or not in line with his agenda. Thrasher confirmed he nicknamed the governor after the fictional mobster. This is one favor we grant Bush.

We rate this claim: True.

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Jeb Bush, a.k.a. ‘Veto Corleone’

Here’s a look at how much then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush vetoed from each year’s Florida budget:

Year

Total state budget

Amount vetoed

1999

$48.6 billion

$313 million*

2000

$51 billion

$313.7 million

2001

$48.3 billion

$288.8 million

2002

$50.4 billion

$107 million

2003

$53.5 billion

$33 million

2004

$57.3 billion

$349 million

2005

$64.7 billion

$180 million

2006

$73.9 billion

$448.7 million

* The state Supreme Court ruled a $16 million veto in 1999 unconstitutional.

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