Today: Florida lawmakers set to OK budget that ignores Gov. Rick Scott priorities

Gov. Rick Scott at RGF Environmental Group in Riviera Beach last week. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

The Republican-controlled Florida legislature today is poised to approve an $83 billion budget that ignores some of Republican Gov. Rick Scott‘s top priorities.

As lawmakers finished work on the spending plan last week in Tallahassee, Scott didn’t hang around the Capitol to press for his goals, such as funding for the Enterprise Florida business program and the Visit Florida tourism marketing program or $200 million to repair the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee.

Instead, Scott — who is expected to run for the seat of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in 2018 — barnstormed 10 cities with a campaign-style “Fighting For Florida’s Future” tour that included a stop in Riviera Beach.

As lawmakers are expected to take final action today, Scott plans to be in Miami for a 6 p.m. rally in Miami to press Venezuela to release political prisoner Leopoldo López.

The big question: Will Scott become the first governor since Lawton Chiles in 1992 to veto an entire budget?


Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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