TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With a week left in the legislative session and the outlook still uncertain for Gov. Rick Scott’s top priorities, it was time for the governor to apply some pressure.
While lawmakers did agree late Sunday to grant pay raises to teachers in 2014, he still hasn’t made progress on two other key requests: Expanding Medicaid to insure some of the state’s poorest residents and passing a tax cut for manufacturers.
In a bit of political arm-twisting, Scott suggested last week that he might start vetoing projects dear to key legislators. That would expose an intraparty feud between the Republican governor and the GOP-dominated Legislature.
“We’re starting to see what’s coming out in the budget: A lot of special member projects,” Scott said in an interview taped Thursday for Tallahassee.com. “I’ll be looking at each of those … and waiting to hear about return on investment.
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