Lawmakers will rework that section of the budget and a bill dealing with Enterprise Florida, the agency that doles out economic incentives, and Visit Florida funding during a special session next Wednesday through Friday. The governor also called for a special legislative session to discuss several budget topics. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton. "With the increase funds to K-12, that really takes a lot of the concern away from the opponents" of HB 7069, a charter-school-friendly $419 million schools bill that was a Corcoran priority.
In return, Scott is expected to sign a controversial education bill, HB 7069, that is Corcoran's top priority.
The special session, which could cost as much as $72,000 a day, will begin Tuesday.
The GOP governor had been threatening to veto the entire state budget after lawmakers slashed money to Florida's tourism marketing agency and provided only a small amount of money for the state's economic development agency.
The issue was expected to be addressed in a special session, but Scott did not include medical marijuana in his list of issues to address in next week's session. However, with a 2/3 vote, the call could be expanded to include other topics. The $85 million that will go to Enterprise Florida will be placed in the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund which will be created to promote the state's infrastructure and job training. Lawmakers had cut the funding to $25 million in the budget passed last month. He said the vetoed funding was "more than sufficient" to pay for the school funding, tourism and economic development increases.
Though lawmakers insist they will pass legislation implementing the voters' will before a key July 3 deadline, Corcoran said Friday morning they still do not have a deal on whether to cap the number of storefront dispensaries each licensed grower could open.
Scott, who chairs the Enterprise Florida board, has expressed anger with the funding package but hasnt indicated if hell sign the $82.4 billion budget before a June 15 deadline or detailed the extent of potential vetoes.
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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.
"The goal is to increase it", said Scott.
The agreement will fund Visit Florida at $76 million.
The governor, however, refused to say whether or not the deal reached with legislators is contingent on him approving a sweeping education bill that was put together secretly in the waning days of the regular session.
"The whole focus will be how to get more jobs in the state", Scott said. But I dont think we should unilaterally disarm, Silagy said.
Corcoran, in a memo to House members, said the item could still be added to next week's session agenda if a deal is worked out. Without legislative action, more of the responsibility for the regulatory framework would fall on the state Department of Health.