Gov. Rick Scott releases his full budget proposal
After days of leaking details, Gov. Rick Scott has officially released his full 2013-14 budget proposal. You can see it here.
As expected, the K-12 recommendation includes $480 million for teacher raises, $100 million for technology initiatives, $10 million for safe schools and a per-student funding increase of $412.25.
In higher education, the proposal includes a 7 percent funding increase for state colleges, $118 million for increased operating expenses for universities and $15 million to help the University of Florida achieve a Top 10 national ranking. Scott also has recommended fixed tuition and fees for undergraduates who are Florida residents.
As is the case with every governor's budget, lawmakers have made clear that the governor proposes and the Legislature disposes. Discussions will happen, changes will come. Stay tuned to see what takes place during session, which begins in March.