Florida Gov. to rail against GOP Legislature in state tour

Gov. Rick Scott
Posted at 4:59 PM, May 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-02 16:59:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is going on a statewide tour over the next three days to blast the Republican-controlled Legislature for ignoring his top priorities during its annual session.

Starting Wednesday Scott will visit 10 cities where he will call out legislators. Scott is upset that legislators are planning to cut funding to the state's tourism marketing agency and the economic development agency that helps lure businesses to the state. These cuts were pushed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who has called the funding "corporate welfare."

Republican leaders have also refused to endorse Scott's push to set aside $200 million in state money for repairs to the federally-operated dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee.

Scott maintains that Florida could "lose hundreds of thousands of jobs" if legislators do not give him the money he's requested.

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