Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott unveiled his 74.2 million dollar budget and the number 1 topic was the Governor’s shift to education as his number one priority. Including a 1.2 billion dollar increase in education spending.
Some of the Governor’s biggest opponents during his term have been educators, and in addition to the increased spending we heard about today, he proposed a $2,500 raise for educators last week.
This comes at the half-way point of his term, when almost two years ago cut 2.4 Billion in education spending, and championed a bill that would make government employees start contributing to their own pensions.
This recent trend suggests that the Governor is trying to “walk it back” with his critics and restore some faith with low approval numbers, and serious re-election challengers waiting in the wings for 2014.
The strategy? The analysis involved with this school friendly budget and the new direction the Scott administration is taking us?
He’s got no choice. The economy is very slowly improving, Scott is hoping he can turn his attention to education while the slow growth continues, make some popular moves in areas like immigration and the environment, and hit the campaign trail with a moderate record for a tired electorate, and still be able to tell his base, he was in the Governors mansion during the most conservative session in the state’s history.
This is a new attitude from Rick Scott. We’ll see how far he goes, and how far it will take him with voters.