Gov. Scott vetoes $400M dollars from state budget, calls for special session

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Gov. Scott facing pressure to veto state budget

And by using his veto leverage the governor appears to have successfully secured more than $100 million into his pet programs, Enterprise and Visit Florida, which give money to companies in exchange for job creation.

Leaders at Enterprise Florida declined to be interviewed before Gov. Scott speaks to them on Friday.

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. Scott also vetoed $37.4 million that was going to go to homeowners in two counties whose healthy citrus trees were torn down in a failed attempt to eradicate citrus canker.

In return, Scott will sign a controversial education bill that includes $419 million in funding for teacher pay bonuses and Schools of Hope, a charter school program in which charters are given incentives to open near failing traditional public schools.

Corcoran, who had railed against economic development spending as "corporate welfare", insisted there has been a "meeting of minds" because the state will no longer offer money directly to one business. "We don't have that, so we're going to focus on digital and print", said Eric Silagy, president and chief executive officer of Florida Power & Light and chairman of Enterprise Florida's Marketing Committee.

The compromise also allows both Scott and Corcoran to save face and boast of having served constituents as each term-limited politician heads into what's expected to be his next race: Scott for the U.S. Senate, Corcoran for governor.

State Rep. Jay Trumbull, a Panama City Republican who oversaw the issue in the House, said the money "will help our businesses continue to grow and attract visitors from around the world to our lovely coast".

Democrats who opposed the education bill quickly lambasted Scott and Republicans. Sen. The bill, HB 7069, hasn't yet been sent to Scott's desk.

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

On the other hand, key appropriations survived, among them $13.5 million for dunes repairs to be split between St. Johns and Flagler, a vital part of county government's funding plan to recover from Hurricane Matthew.

Lawmakers have not yet agreed on how to regulate dispensaries for medical marijuana, which was approved by 71 percent of Florida voters last November.

Despite the legislature not reaching an agreement on medical marijuana sales, the issue is not on the call for the special session. Without legislative action, more of the responsibility for the regulatory framework would fall on the state Department of Health.

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