Gov. Rick Scott speaks at the Florida Polytechnic University's ribbon-cutting ceremony in Lakeland last week. [DEMETRIUS FREEMAN   |   Times]

Gov. Rick Scott rolls out plan to increase per-student spending

TALLAHASSEE — The governor's race on Thursday turned into a contest to see who would spend more on education. Days after Democratic frontrunner Charlie Crist pledged to boost the education budget while touring the state in a yellow school bus, Republican Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a plan to raise school spending to a …


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Each election cycle, the Tampa Bay Times profiles candidates in all of the races. You'll find the candidates' positions on the issues and get to know more about their background. Before you vote, be sure to read these profiles for all of the 2014 candidates. The primary is Aug. 26, and the main election is Nov. 4.