Gov. Rick Scott

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The leader of Gov. Rick Scott’s most cherished agency abruptly resigned Monday, citing a “critical” difference of opinion with the governor over their vision of Enterprise Florida.

Chris Hart’s sudden resignation comes on the eve of the Florida Legislature beginning its annual session. House leaders have vowed to kill the agency and have a bill ready to pass as soon as this week to eliminate the agency — and Hart’s job — entirely.

A war of words between two of Florida’s most powerful Republicans is heating up in a Leon County Circuit Court.

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Governor Rick Scott is touring Florida to go to bat for two agencies the state legislature is trying to do away with - Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private economic development agency, and Visit Florida, the state's tourism-marketing arm.

At a roundtable meeting in Sunrise, Wednesday, Scott talked to a room full of local business leaders about the importance of hanging on to both.

“Your tourist economy was worth $8 billion dollars last year, just in Broward County. In this county, 113,000 jobs are tied to tourism,” Scott said.

The speaker of the Florida House is trying to end funding for Visit Florida. He's claiming that the state's tourism marketing effort isn't having any noticeable impact on the number of visitors to the state.

But is it? WUSF's Steve Newborn runs the numbers by Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling for tax cuts again despite this year’s hazy budget outlook.  The governor unveiled his budget proposal Tuesday.

If Governor Rick Scott gets his way, Florida’s correctional and probation officers will receive a pay bump.

Florida House Democrats protested Republican Speaker Richard Corcoran’s decision to give a platform to a man they said is a racist.

Scott Warns Ports About Trading With Cuba

Jan 26, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott is using Twitter to threaten funding cuts for port operators that do business with Cuba, as legal cargo arrived Wednesday at Port Everglades from the island nation.

Scott Wants To Revamp Health Care Facility Rules

Jan 25, 2017

Amid a new wave of legal battles about hospital projects, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday called for eliminating key regulations about building health-care facilities and opening trauma centers.

Governor Rick Scott wants to establish a statewide counterterrorism task force.

Scott announced his plan from Orlando, which he said was in response to the Pulse night club shooting. The shooter pledged allegiance to ISIS during the Orlando attack, which left 49 dead and more than 50 injured.

“That’s why today I’m proud to announce that as part of 2017-2018 budget, I’m gonna put in $5.8 million for counterterrorism and and intelligence efforts to make sure we combat any act of terrorism in our state,” Scott said.

In a pair of major rulings about the state's embattled death penalty, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for about half of the state's Death Row inmates to seek new sentencing proceedings based on a seminal U.S. Supreme Court decision early this year.

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The Florida Supreme Court will have a vacancy when Justice James E.C. Perry retires Dec. 30. That means Gov. Rick Scott will name a new justice to the seven-member court in the coming weeks.

It’s Scott’s first time appointing a justice to the state’s highest court.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ending a holiday tradition this year: Giving state workers an extra day off.


Gov. Rick Scott today announced a plan to give all state law enforcement officers a 5 percent pay increase.  It would be for state troopers, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is traveling to New York on Thursday to meet face to face with President-elect Donald Trump.

Scott has already spoken to Trump three times since election day, but the meeting on Thursday will give the governor a chance to congratulate him on his victory in person and offer his help to “reinvent the federal government,” Scott’s spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said.

Scott earlier this week praised having Trump in the White House and noted the two have known each other for 20 years.

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