Gov. Rick Scott
With speculation mounting that Gov. Rick Scott could sign the Legislature’s proposed $74.5 billion budget as early as Friday, a research organization released its annual list of “turkeys” that it said the governor should consider striking with his line-item veto.
Crime rate is down in the Sunshine State, making 2012 the year with the lowest number of thefts, robberies and burglaries on record.
Gov. Rick Scott hinted Friday that he is considering vetoing a 3 percent tuition increase as he considers the budget lawmakers sent him this week.
Before the legislative session began, with Gov. Rick Scott’s approval ratings refusing to budge from their relatively low position and his time to change his standing with the public fleeting, the governor took something of a gambit.
An Everglades bill that was expected to cause controversy but ended up drawing little more than broad agreement unanimously passed the Senate on Thursday and headed to Gov. Rick Scott.
A bill that would grant young adults living in foster care to stay longer than 18 has passed the House and is headed to Gov. Rick Scott for approval.
Florida lawmakers sealed an agreement on a $74 billion budget deal late Sunday for the fiscal year that begins July 1, locking down language on $480 million in teacher pay raises, a new formula for paying hospitals under the Medicaid program and a few projects for key lawmakers’ districts.
While one in 10 air traffic controllers have been forced to take furlough days to help balance the federal budget, so far, Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airport have avoided any lengthy delays through Monday morning.
Florida’s sweeping education bill is being signed into law Monday by Gov. Rick Scott. The bill changes tough graduation standards, while also setting the stage for the University of Florida to take the lead in online education in the state.
Gov. Rick Scott will get the $480 million he wanted for education pay raises. But barring a last-minute change of heart by legislative negotiators, he will not get an across-the-board, $2,500 increase for classroom teachers.