House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, told business and civic leaders in Pensacola that he and the House are ready for a special session this spring.
He made the remark to the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club Friday in a luncheon speech about the House's insistence that Enterprise Florida be abolished. He called EFI an "absolute cesspool" that's "unreformable." What's needed, Corcoran said, is "a true and fair and just free market system," a remark that brought applause from the audience of about 200 people. Here's Corcoran, verbatim, on the need for a special session if necessary to abolish Enterprise Florida:
"So last year, we zeroed them out. We said we're not giving you any more incentive money and we thought that was the end of story. And this summer, we said O.K., now that we've zeroed them out and we've said this is a horrendous program, why are we leaving the law on the books? Might as well delete that, too. And so we deleted that and now we're in the current furor that you have. But I can assure you, they will be zeroed out again. And if we have to go to special session, we're ready. Because we're right."
The bill to abolish Enterprise Florida (HB 7005) passed the House March 10 by a vote of 87-28, with 63 Republicans and 24 Democratts voting to kill the program. The House is waiting for the Senate to act on the legislation.