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President Office — Press Release


June 9, 2017

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Statement by President Negron on the Conclusion of Special Session

Tallahassee —

Florida Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) today released the following statement regarding the conclusion of 2017 Special Session A.


“I was pleased to join Governor Scott and Speaker Corcoran to mark the conclusion of Special Session and final action on a number of key priorities of the Senate.


“The Special Session resulted in a meaningful increase in per-student funding for K-12 public education in Florida. Heading into the next school year, per student funding is now at an unprecedented level, significantly closer to the amount sought by the Senate during the Regular Session.  Additionally, the Senate worked with Governor Scott and our House colleagues to achieve our goal of adding $60 million to fund infrastructure projects at our state universities. We know universities are key economic drivers for our state’s economy and investing in these infrastructure improvements is critical to elevating the national reputation of our universities.


“This week, we also passed legislation to fully and faithfully implement the constitutional amendment passed by 71 percent of voters last November, and increased the state investment in tourism marketing and economic development back to a level of commitment similar to the initial Senate budget.  Finally, I commend Governor Scott for continuing to work with President Trump to ensure the federal government is a faithful partner in repairing the Herbert Hoover Dike. Combined with the components of Senate Bill 10, which has already been signed into law by the Governor, I am confident the state investment of $50 million to expedite repairs to the dike will help with our efforts to reduce, and one day eliminate, the harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee.”