Florida Taxpayers Spend More To Protect Governor

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida taxpayers had to dig a little deeper in the last year to provide security for Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott.

That’s a according to a new report released Friday which showed the state spent that much on security between July 2013 and June 2014.

The state spent $2.36 million to provide around-the-clock protection for the governor and his wife. That includes the salaries and travel expenses for the agents who guard Scott.

Additionally, more than $2.46 million in tax dollars were used to provide security for Scott as well as governors from other states.

That’s a slightly lower total than the previous fiscal year when Florida provided extra security during the Republican National Convention held in Tampa.

Taxpayers also paid for 58 protective details of other elected officials including three trips by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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