Florida Senate and House deliberate Gov. Scott’s Florida First BudgetDecember 12th, 2015 by gainesvillechamber
Overviews of Gov. Rick Scott’s Florida First Budget and policy recommendations was presented to the House Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development in respective meetings in early December.
Gov. Scott announced his budget recommendations—encapsulated in the “Florida First Budget” for fiscal year 2016-2017 in late November. The Florida First Budget includes Gov. Scott’s priorities to help diversify the economy to make Florida first in job creation. Included in the budget are:
- Tax cuts totaling more than $1 billion for Florida families;
- The creation of a new $250 million Florida Enterprise Fund;
- $1 million for the STEM Business Partnership Residency Program; and,
- full funding for the CareerSource Florida network and $15 million for the Quick Response Training program (also known as FloridaFlex), a $3 million increase over the current year’s appropriation.