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Gov's agency heads asked to push his priorities in his absence

As Gov. Rick Scott spends the day in Washington, D.C. even though his legislative priorities remain in peril, someone really wants you to know that he is pushing his agencies to refrain from contacting legislators unless it is to do one thing: pursue his priorities.

That translates into a directive that agencies are also not allowed to push their priorities unless the governor's goals – a $2,500 across the board pay raise for teachers and a tax break for manufacturing – is added to the budget compromise.

This is a rumor that no one on the governor's staff, or among his agencies will confirm. But it is one that has taken hold of the chattering classes in the Florida Capitol.

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Said Melissa Sellers, Scott's spokeswoman: "Everyone is working hard to get the Governor's two priorities done."

Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, told us that Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad said in a text message "that he was focused on the governor's priorities." What does Thrasher make of that? "I make that the governor is seroius about his two priorities."

Said DOT spokesman Dick Kane: "Like all agency heads, the secretary has been working to advance the Governor's legislative priorities."

Meanwhile, Scott focused his weekly radio and video address on the issue that appears to be on the top of his mind: the federal government's furlough of air traffic controllers.