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Gov. Rick Scott Takes Aim At Member Projects

Governor Rick Scott is grumbling about his priority issues which are missing from the budget proposed by lawmakers so far.

For one, Scott hasn’t gotten the across-the-board teacher raises he wanted. The legislature is going for a merit-based pay system instead. The Governor says he plans on going through the budget with a fine-toothed comb. The target: member projects.

“I want to make sure we spend the money well. So I’ll expect like I have in the past two years, lawmakers to come to me and explain their rationale for this is. I’m responsible for all 19.2 million Floridians and I want to make sure we get a return on their investment,” Scott told reporters Thursday.

The state has a budget surplus this year and projects benefiting individual districts or entities have proliferated. Meanwhile Scott and the legislature remain at odds over issues like campaign finance reform. Lawmakers sent him a bill raising campaign contribution limits, and Scott already threatening to veto it.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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