Winner and loser of the week
Winner of the week
State universities. After Gov. Rick Scott vetoed more than $100 million in projects at universities, they’re emerging from special session a little richer. The Senate forced Scott to take supplemental funding, restoring some of those vetoed projects. And Scott promised to back down and sign the increases into law.
Loser of the week
Democrats. Yet again, the minority party is leaving a session in Tallahassee without victories. Democrats came into special session hoping disagreement between House and Senate leaders would increase their negotiating power. Instead, Speaker Richard Corcoran and President Joe Negron, both Republicans, struck a deal of their own and Democrats left empty handed.