State lawmakers flushed promises of transparency down the toilet as they rushed to pass a budget and education bill that are disastrous for public schools.
In the waning hours of the 2017 legislative session, which had to be extended to Monday, the Legislature approved wide-ranging education changes that were crafted behind closed doors without proper public vetting. A key senator suggested lawmakers would need to make revisions to the education measure when committees met in September.
Gov. Rick Scott should make them get back to work even sooner. The governor should veto the education legislation as well as the entire $82.4 billion budget, the latter of which fell far short of the funding he sought for Visit Florida’s tourism marketing programs and provided none of the money he sought for Enterprise Florida’s business incentives.