Governor Rick Scott kicked off his five-city “Fighting for Florida’s Future Victory” tour at Jungle Island in Miami to celebrate the major wins for Florida families and students during last week’s legislative special session. The tour is highlighting an all-time high of K-12 per-pupil spending, the establishment of the $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, full funding for VISIT FLORIDA, and $50 million to kick-start repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee. Governor Scott was joined by House Speaker Richard Corcoran and local legislators. The tour also made a stop at the South Florida Water Management District in West Palm Beach and will continue in Fort Myers, Tampa and Jacksonville.
Senate President Joe Negron said, “I am grateful to Governor Scott for his commitment to fighting for Florida’s future in several key areas this session. From unprecedented per student funding for K-12 public education, to historic investments in student financial aid and higher education operations and infrastructure, Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature have prioritized Florida’s public education system in a manner that will provide a strong return on investment for taxpayers. Critical investments in our environment through the passage of Senate Bill 10 and funds to expedite the repair of the Herbert Hoover Dike will protect the health of our citizens and our economy in communities surrounding Lake Okeechobee for generations to come, while strategic funding for tourism marketing and economic development provide important tools that lead to a vibrant job market and growing economy. Additionally, Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature have demonstrated fidelity to the Constitution through legislation that fully and faithfully implements medical use of marijuana, as well as a number of other key pieces of legislation that protect the constitutional liberties of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and other rights we hold so dear.”