Gov. Scott, lawmakers clash over funneling tax dollars to businesses

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Gov. Rick Scott’s mantra for years has been jobs, jobs, jobs. Now a key fund used to offer money to businesses that create jobs is dwindling, and he’s clashing with his fellow Republican lawmakers, pushing for more money to support the program.

Scott has accused legislators of not giving enough money to Enterprise Florida, the public-private organization that recruits businesses to relocate or expand in Florida by offering taxpayer funds, known as incentives, in the form of tax credits, tax breaks or outright payments.

Lawmakers appropriated $43 million to Enterprise Florida for the current fiscal year, which began July 1, about half of the amount allotted for last year. But it now has just $9 million left to offer businesses, Scott said.