Gov. Rick Scott visited a Miami elementary school Monday to ask lawmakers to meet his request for school funding.
Lawmakers return to Tallahassee today to finish the budget. The big disagreement is how to pay for health care. And that could affect how much money is left for education.
Scott opposes expanding the state-run Medicaid program. He says there’s more than enough money for to set per-student funding at $7,176, an all-time high unadjusted for inflation.
“We have a $1.8 billion dollar surplus,” Scott says. “A $1.8 billion dollar surplus. Ok. We can invest. We can have record funding for K-12 education. We can do the tax cuts. We will continue to get, keep continuing our economy. And we can make sure we have all the safety nets we need.”