Gov. Rick Scott has released his $83.5 billion budget. Scott wants big cuts for businesses and millions of dollars for job programs. He is asking for more money for schools and wants spending cuts for healthcare programs.
The plan for a fiscal year that begins on July 1 includes a $1.5 billion increase over the current budget. Florida legislators will discuss Scott’s budget proposals when the legislative session begins on March 7. Scott has received criticism for his goal to spend on economic development programs he believes will create jobs. He is asking for $85 million for Enterprise Florida which is a public – private organization to uses incentive funds to encourage companies to add jobs. He wants $76 million for Visit Florida, which promotes tourism. House Speaker Richard Corcoran does not believe the state government should be involved in the private sector and should not be using tax payer money for businesses incentives.