Valeche latest county official to endorse Scott’s pitch for economic development cash

Palm Beach County Commissioner Hal Valeche
Palm Beach County Commissioner Hal Valeche

Palm Beach County Commissioner Hal Valeche weighed in Tuesday supporting Gov. Rick Scott’s pitch for the Legislature to give him $250 million for economic incentive efforts.

Valeche, a Republican, joins fellow Commissioner Steven Abrams and West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio in echoing Scott’s proposal. The local government officials say that beefing up available cash for the economic development partnership, Enterprise Florida, could help lure companies and jobs to the county.

Scott has been asking local officials to sign letters mostly aimed at prodding the Florida Senate, which has resisted his pitch, into giving him the money next year.

“Having previously served as a board member of Enterprise Florida, I am acutely aware that the State‚Äôs partnership with Palm Beach County has been integral in creating great jobs in our community, in fields such as marine industries, manufacturing and the high tech sector,” Valeche said.

Scott’s plan was included in his $79.3 billion budget proposal released Tuesday. The approach gives lawmakers a role — requiring legislative leaders to sign off on any incentives topping $1 million. It also is intended to toughen the job-creating standards for companies seeking the incentive cash to relocate or expand in Florida.

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