Compact vote, confirmation snub latest setbacks in Scott’s tough session
TALLAHASSEE -- Since lawmakers last week unveiled the outline for their roughly $80 billion budget plan, news has gone from bad to worse for Gov. Rick Scott. Legislative budget-writers rocked the Capitol by not funding the $250 million in economic incentive money Scott requested. It was his biggest budget priority, and his budget staff has met with legislative leaders in his plaza-level office on the issue since trying to resurrect the plan, though the chances, if there are any, seem exceedingly thin. Scott wanted $1 million in tax cuts. The Legislature responded with a $400 million plan that’s likely to look nothing like Scott’s proposal. Those snubs came even after Scott signed into law top priorities for legislative leaders. He signed off on a water bill for House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner’s proposals to help developmentally disabled children. But, for Scott, the moves seemed to buy him little capital with the lawmakers. Read more in POLITICO

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