TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers agreed to a budget outline on Friday that deals a body blow to Gov. Rick Scott’s top policy priorities, a move that will no doubt tempt the governor to wield a heavy veto pen.
The spending plan agreed to by the House and Senate’s top budget-writers includes no money for a $250 million pot of economic incentive money that has been pushed for hard by the Scott administration and Enterprise Florida, the state’s private-public economic development arm that Scott chairs.
The Senate included the $250 million in its proposed spending plan, but the House did not. Senate budget chief Tom Lee, R-Brandon, said that he agreed to lose the funding to help reach a middle ground with the House.
“We both came off the floor in very different places, as we worked through those against the clock because it's clear if we were going to get out on time and get back home, something was going to have to give,” Lee said. Read more in POLITICO