Gov. Rick Scott, Legislature agree to hold special session next week

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"I think it's a win for Florida families, which is the most important thing for me", Scott said. The agency is tightening its belt as lawmakers sour on funding the public private business recruiter.

In a memo, House Speaker Richard Corcoran tells his members he's ready to expand session to include a marijuana measure. The plan was for those differences to then be more fairly factored in to a funding formula that determines how much districts get from the state to pay for teachers' salaries and school operations.

"And frankly they're not doing it as well because they're not getting the same kind of impression and feedback that we are".

Although lawmakers approved the cost-of-living study as part of the 2017-18 budget, it's not going to happen.

In the end, Scott made a decision to veto that part of the budget calling for an increase to $215 million or $100 per student.

And although the new budget bill passed overwhelmingly, an override could be blocked by Senate Democrats, who control 15 of 39 now occupied seats and could use their leverage to increase spending on public schools.

The state will also set aside $85 million to help lure companies, but the money can not be used as incentive for a specific company.

Lawmakers unveiled and passed the sweeping $419 million policy bill in the final days of session; many want to see it vetoed, with the primary exception being school choice advocates.

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Another $4.3 million, designated for the Thomas Varnadoe Forensic Center for Education and Research in Pasco County, was cut because the training center "should be under the management of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement", Scott wrote.

Negron said next week lawmakers will vote on a proposal to keep Visit Florida's funding at $76 million.

There's a budget agreement to save Visit Florida's funding but it isn't a done deal yet.

Scott wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner that he vetoed the citrus canker money due to ongoing litigation.

The state still can offer tax rebates to businesses through programs such as the Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund program, which typically requires a local government match.

Scott said this is something now in review. Scott says he and legislative leaders have agreed to spend another $200 million for education, and put more money into the state's tourism and job recruitment agencies. The Legislature failed to pass a bill during its 60-day regular session that would implement a constitutional amendment that legalized medical marijuana.

"I appreciate the fact that people fight for what they believe in", he says about the political battle with Speaker Corcoran over Visit Florida funding.

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