Gov. Rick Scott got Visit Florida and an $85 million economic-development piggy bank. House Speaker Richard Corcoran got school reforms. Senate President Joe Negron got money to strengthen Herbert Hoover dike.
And Floridians, including a lot of state lawmakers, got shut out of the process. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when legislative leaders and the governor go into a room and lock the door.
The Legislature’s three-day special session ended Friday. Propelled by educators’ outcry statewide over the pitiable public-education budget that lawmakers cooked up during the traditional annual session and, especially the lack of funding for his pet projects, Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, Scott called them back for a do-over on key issues.