As Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Will Weatherford sat shoulder-to-shoulder at a recent legislative prayer breakfast, the governor may have had a special reason to look to the heavens.
With two weeks left in the 2013 session, Scott’s legislative priorities are in serious disarray. He hasn’t asked for much, and lawmakers aren’t placating him.
His top priority of a $2,500 teacher pay raise appears in budget proposals not as the across-the-board, no-strings increase he advocated for. Instead, legislators in the House and Senate agreed to have any salary boost tied to performance, a move at odds with the governor.
“There’s going to be merit pay as a part of funding for teachers,” Weatherford said. “The governor asked us to spend $1 billion on education. Our budget does that. The Senate’s budget does that. I think he’ll be happy and pleased at the end of the day.” More here from Steve Bousquet.