Governor Scott is “reviewing” HB7069

Gov. Scott says he will veto student funding portion of budget.  In a surprise press conference with House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced he will veto the education funding portion (FEFP) of the Legislature’s recently adopted budget.  Scott said he would ask lawmakers in a special session, scheduled for June 7-9, to increase per-student funding by $100 — a major increase over the $24.49 in the current version. That level had caused concern among school district leaders.  Negron said he appreciated the House leadership’s willingness to move in the Senate and governor’s direction on education funding. The House was unwilling to consider leaving local property tax rates alone and letting districts reap the benefits of increasing values, as the Senate and Scott proposed…. Continue Reading