Gov. Rick Scott on Monday picked close friend and supporter Jimmy Patronis to be Florida’s next chief financial officer, a lucrative prize for loyalty that casts new light on Patronis’ pro-business votes as a legislator and his support for higher electricity costs as a regulator.
Half of Florida’s legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year’s legislative sessions.
Two of three Republicans running for the seat once held by former Miami GOP senator Frank Artiles, who resigned in April, found plenty to disagree on at a forum Monday, despite their shared political party affiliation.
Gov. Rick Scott, starting a business-recruitment trip in Connecticut on Monday, was emphatic that a new fund — set up within his Department of Economic Opportunity — will help the state land more jobs.
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran promised to ‘transform’ his chamber into one less influenced by lobbyists and special interests but his ethics agenda became overshadowed by his quest for education reform.
Governor argues that the Senate priority bill impedes the mission of the college system to provide access to all students but notes that his veto will not impact the planned expansion of Bright Futures and other scholarships.