Jackie Schutz, Communications Director for Governor Rick Scott gave a statement on the proposal from the Florida House to slash VISIT FLORIDA funding by 67 percent.

“The Florida House is proposing a 67 percent cut to tourism marketing.  More than a million Florida families rely on jobs in our tourism industry and are threatened with this massive cut.  Unfortunately, some politicians in the Florida House think fighting for jobs is simply hysteria and don’t understand that jobs are not expendable to families who have to put food on the table.  Governor Scott believes in transparency and accountability for any taxpayer dollars used and that is why he has demanded changes and brought in new leadership at VISIT FLORIDA.” – Jackie Schutz, Communications Director, Gov. Rick Scott

Background:  Today, Representative Joe Gruters filed HB 889 which includes important reform measures for EFI and VISIT FLORIDA.  These are measures that Governor Scott has previously called for and Rep. Gruters worked with the Governor’s office on this bill.