Gov. Rick Scott will be in suburban West Palm Beach this morning with House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, as part of a five-city “Fighting for Florida’s Future Victory” tour to “celebrate” passage of Florida’s 2017-18 budget.
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Scott and Corcoran will be at the South Florida Water Management District headquarters at 11 a.m. after a scheduled earlier stop in Miami. The duo are scheduled to visit Fort Myers, Tampa and Jacksonville later today. Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, isn’t along for the tour. He’s at a previously scheduled fundraiser for Senate Republicans in California.
Scott and Corcoran clashed over economic and tourism incentives before legislators reached agreement on a budget in a special session last week.
Republican Scott faces term limits in 2018 and is expected to run for the seat of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson next year. Corcoran is weighing a run for governor. Their campaign-style tour will focus, according to the governor’s office, on “the major wins for Florida families and students during last week’s legislative special session.”
Corcoran and Scott are travelling separately today. Corcoran spokesman Fred Piccolo said that’s “out of an abundance of caution” because the governor has lobbyists and House members cannot accept travel from principals or lobbyists.