Rick Scott touts proposed budget increase for child protection

Published March 13, 2014

TAMPA — At a tour Thursday of the Child Protective Investigations unit of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Gov. Rick Scott talked up his proposed $31 million increase for child protective services and another $8 million that would go to sheriff's offices such as Hillsborough's that have child protection units.

"These funds will be critical to serve children who need it the most," Scott said. "One child who dies as a result of abuse or neglect is one too many."

An estimated $5 million would be spent in the Tampa Bay area to decrease worker caseloads, which could allow them to conduct more in-depth investigations.

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