Scott Signs Budget, Calls for Special Session

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott signed the budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year and vetoed $410 million in legislative projects, according to a news release from his office.

Scott vetoed the Florida Educational Finance Program (FEFP) funding portions of the budget. Scott is also vetoing HB 5501 which decreased funding to VISIT FLORIDA by more than 60 percent.

Scott's full budget veto list will be released later today.

 Scott is calling a special session to discuss the following measures beginning on June 7 and ending on June 9. He is also requesting an additional $215 million to K-12 education than previously authorized. This would increase the per-student funding by $100.

“Florida’s students deserve the very best and we must always do everything possible to provide them with the resources they need to get a great education. It is my goal that a total of $215 million more is allocated to the FEFP which is a $100 per student increase over current year funding during the upcoming legislative session," Scott said in a news release. "Our students are the future of our great state and I know Speaker Corcoran is committed to our students, parents and teachers and ensuring Florida offers a world-class education to students at all levels."

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