Governor Rick Scott’s Weekly Newsletter – December 9, 2011

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Education and Jobs Top Governor Scott’s

Budget Priorities

This week, I unveiled my budget recommendations for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year. This budget year, Florida faced some significant education funding challenges. In addition to the loss of federal one-time stimulus funds for education:

  • Florida gained 30,000 more students that will require almost $200 million more in state funding.
  • Florida faces a $400 million reduction in ad valorem taxes, due to declining property values, and one-time state education funding.

I toured the state and spoke with educators, parents and students and heard them say that in spite of the education shortfall we face, our top priority in this budget should be state funding for K-12 education.This budget submitted to the legislature this week includes:

  • Over $1 billion in new state funds versus last year.
  • Increases per student funding to $6,372.
  • The 3rd largest education budget in Florida history.
  • And this budget increases per student funding versus last year even though we have 30,000 more children in our public school system and less local funding due to declining property values.

I will not sign into law any budget that does not contain more state dollars for education than we have this year. To everyone who has shared their concerns: Thank you taking time to share your ideas with me. It has been very meaningful and important to me to listen to all of you and hear your concerns and priorities.

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Earlier this year, First Lady Ann Scott participated in the 2011 Read for the Record campaign in which children and adults join together in reading the same book on the same day. After much tallying, the campaign recently announced that it has broken a world reading record. More than two million people around the globe read Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney on October 6, officially setting a new record and raising awareness for literacy and early education worldwide.

Mrs. Scott read the book with more than 100 kindergarteners all dressed in their pajamas at Central Elementary School in Clewiston.

First Lady Ann Scott is passionate about promoting reading, literacy, and early learning in the state of Florida. She is an avid reader and knows that books can have a profound and lasting impact. Throughout her first year as First Lady, Mrs. Scott has visited many schools across the state, hosted reading events with children at the Florida Governor’s Mansion, promoted the work of Florida authors, and participated in a variety of literacy events.


On Wednesday, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll had the distinct honor to represent Governor Rick Scott and the people of Florida in honoring and remembering the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. To commemorate the day, the Lt. Governor was joined by Pearl Harbor Survivors and Florida residents Chuck Ellis, Edmund Kmiec and Duane Reyelts at Naval Station Mayport aboard the USS Underwood. As Navy Veterans themselves, Governor Scott and Lt. Governor Carroll will always remember Pearl Harbor.


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