"In order to have an agreement that both sides can support, there would have to be an effort to find a principled middle ground, and that's what we're trying to do", Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said Friday morning at a press conference in Miami.
Lawmakers will also add about $200 million back into public schools.
"Like the Legislature, I strongly believe in transparency, accountability and a strong return on investment for any taxpayer dollars used".
The state funding reduction is forcing the agency, which can still raise money from private donors, to scale back its $8.5 million in marketing programs meant to make out-of-state and global business leaders aware of Floridas business attributes. "I look forward to working with the legislature during the upcoming special session to achieve these important goals for Florida families". In addition to cutting funding for Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, limited travel expenses and salaries for Enterprise Florida members. At Friday's announcement he stood with the governor in support of restoring the funding, as well as the additional dollars for public schools.
Corcoran also sought to slash funding for Enterprise Florida's operating budget from $23.5 million to $16 million and eliminate 21 corporate incentive programs. The $85 million that will go to Enterprise Florida will be placed in the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund which will be created to promote the state's infrastructure and job training.
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On May 9, a day after the budget was approved by the House and Senate, Scott told reporters in Panama City that Florida wont be in the game for economic development because of cuts to Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.
A year after slashing operations by one-third, including eliminating almost 30 positions, the agency is once again faced with having to make changes with the arrival of the new fiscal year July 1. That would have left 283 dispensaries in the state to serve roughly 300,000 patients, according to a Senate staff policy analysis.
Now, Gov. Rick Scott has called the Legislature back to the Capitol to rewrite portions of the state budget.
It's the first time in 34 years that a governor has rejected the Florida Education Financing Program, commonly known as FEFP, since Bob Graham's veto in 1983.
The special session was also expected to include pot, after lawmakers failed to reach consensus during this spring's regular session on a measure to implement the November constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for patients with a wide range of debilitating medical conditions.
The governor, however, refused to say whether or not the deal reached with legislators is contingent on him approving a sweeping education bill that was put together secretly in the waning days of the regular session.