Despite pushback Florida Gov. Scott wants $85 million to lure jobs

Posted at 10:48 AM, Sep 29, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Setting up another showdown with the Republican-controlled Legislature Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants $85 million he can use to lure companies to the Sunshine State.

Scott is making the push for business incentives even though state legislators rejected a similar request for $250 million last year.

The GOP governor announced his proposal Thursday during a meeting of Enterprise Florida, the state's economic development agency. He said he was asking for the money as part of his continued push for job creation. Scott made job creation the main focus of both of his campaigns for governor.

Scott will include the request in his budget recommendations he will give to legislators.

Incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran has called business incentives "corporate welfare" and says he may propose eliminating Enterprise Florida.