Scott To Veto Ed Funding But Fate Of HB 7069 Still Unknown

Posted June 04, 2017

A number of educational initiatives, from $1 million for Florida Gulf Coast University's academic and career attainment program to $1.05 million for Florida Atlantic University's Max Planck Scientific Fellowship Program, were removed from the budget as Scott said the schools could cover the costs through their state allocations.

The downside for Scott in such a scenario is that eliminating budget line items does nothing to restore funding for his priorities, including economic incentives, tourism and public education.

The deal was forged through private conversations over the last few weeks after the regular session ended in early May. But absent newfound money, it is very unlikely that lawmakers will again pump up the budget with pet projects, knowing that Scott's veto pen is still unsheathed.

Most significantly, Scott vetoed the $100,000 appropriated for what would have amounted to a second county judge in Flagler for a year. "The most important thing I can say about all of this is Florida families are going to be in a good position", Scott said. But he agreed to $85 million in incentive funding, so long as it's used for a new program that benefit all businesses through job training and infrastructure development. My goal is to increase it by one hundred dollars.

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Visit Florida was cut by two thirds and Enterprise Florida received nothing for incentives. The challenge is finding a path for the governor, the House and Senate to each claim a win, or at least, a partial victory.

"So what I have said is that I am reviewing 7069". Striking a deal allows them to avoid a messy, protracted fight and preserve their priorities.

Democrats are particularly opposed to HB 7069, which also has drawn criticism from many public education leaders and some top Republicans.

The state will also set aside $85 million to help lure companies, but the money can not be used as incentive for a specific company.

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"This bill will not help our students, our teachers, our school employees or our public schools".

But Galvano sounded cryptic about the possibility of a separate special session to deal with the regulatory framework for medical marijuana if lawmakers don't agree during next week's session.

Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican who is slated to take over as president of the Senate late next year, told The News Service of Florida that lawmakers have yet to strike a deal on implementation of the medical marijuana amendment. "The governor and the legislative leaders who cooked up these changes and called for a special session are not addressing the needs of the parents and students in this state", she said.

Florida health insurance providers report premium volume up 18%.

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