Rick Scott, top lawmakers agree on more money for schools, tourism, businesses

  • Rick Scott, top lawmakers agree on more money for schools, tourism, businesses

Rick Scott, top lawmakers agree on more money for schools, tourism, businesses

Rick Scott is now focused on a special session, taking place from June 7-9, in Tallahassee.

In addition to criticizing per pupil spending levels, Avossa slammed Scott and legislative leaders for plans to have school districts share capital funding with charter schools on a 50-50 basis.

Scott made the announcement during a joint news conference with Florida Senate President Joe Negron and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran at Miami International Airport.

Governor Rick Scott says he will veto the legislature's education funding proposal, sending lawmakers back to the drawing board in a special session next week.

Enterprise Florida is an Orlando-based nonprofit that acts as the state's economic development arm, awarding cash incentives and tax breaks to companies that create jobs.

In return, Scott is expected to sign a controversial education bill, HB 7069, that is Corcoran's top priority. "I think the vetoes are a fait accompli".

The additional money for education will come from the veto of more than $400 million worth of member projects. The Governor is calling on the legislature to pass legislation that funds VISIT FLORIDA at a total of $76 million and includes comprehensive transparency and accountability measures at the organization.

"I've been talking about this for about seven years now", he said.

It includes creation of a Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to provide $85 million for "public infrastructure and workforce training".

Corcoran had resisted funding economic incentives, deriding them as "corporate welfare". The governor ordered a special session to begin Wednesday and end Friday. The budget, however, allows Enterprise Florida to maintain its worldwide offices and continue foreign trade missions.

Ongoing negotiations may be in play that could increase the $16 million that lawmakers agreed to provide to Enterprise Florida for daily operations.

Along with rejecting Scotts request for business-incentive money, the budget would reduce the agencys funding for general operations from $23.5 million in the current year. Initially legislators had voted to slash money for the tourism marketing agency by two-thirds. A full list of vetoes is expected to be released later today, according to the Governor's Office.

Lawmakers have yet to complete work to regulate the use of marijuana, which was approved by voters in a constitutional amendment that passed during the November election.

Despite the legislature not reaching an agreement on medical marijuana sales, the issue is not on the call for the special session. Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, wants the bill with charter schools (HB 7069) to become law while still opposing economic incentives and supporting a reduced tourism-promotion budget. The new fund would allow Scott to make improvements to public amenities that could benefit several businesses versus just one.