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Rick Scott ‘very disappointed’ in school safety funding snub

As Gov. Rick Scott continues to stump for Senate, his influence over policy in the state capital appears to be waning.

The latest example of such: incoming Senate President Bill Galvano and the Joint Legislative Budget Commission snubbing Scott’s request to move $58 million from the state’s school safety “guardian program” to hire more campus police officers.

“We are less than a month into the school year,” Galvano told USA TODAY Network-Florida. “The program is brand-new, and it will take time to see how it is being effectively implemented across the state.”

In Jacksonville Monday at a campaign stop, Scott relayed his disappointment in the Bradenton Republican’s decision.

“I’m very disappointed,” Scott said. “We worked hard to get a good safety bill done after Parkland.”

“These are dollars that shouldn’t just be sitting in Tallahassee,” Scott added. “They were supposed to be spent on school safety. If they’re not going to spend on the guardian program, they ought to be going to hire more law enforcement officers.”

Scott is in the unusual position of having prominent Democrats siding with him on this issue, with Republicans breaking the other way.

“For my community, who lost 17 people, the idea to just wait until March to do something — that’s unacceptable,” said Rep. Jared Moskowitz. “We could use this money.”

Gov. Rick Scott visits Mac Paper in Jacksonville on his statewide “Make Washington Work” Bus Tour.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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