February 24, 2023

DeSantis picks fight over immigration law backed by his LG, Scott [Politico]

Gary Fineout writes:

"Hello and welcome to Friday.

Check the clock — That was then. This is now.

Five years ago — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis first campaigned for governor touting a hard line on immigration.

On the radar When he picked Jeanette Nuñez as his lieutenant governor back in 2018, the question even back then was whether DeSantis would target one of her big legislative wins: a law that guaranteed in-state tuition rates for undocumented children of migrants if they had attended a Florida high school for three years. It was a measure that was opposed by some Republicans at the time but passed after a strong push by both then-House Speaker Will Weatherford and then-Gov. Rick Scott.


FOLLOWING THE MONEY — 'Estimates vary widely on cost to expand school vouchers in Florida,' by Tampa Bay Times’ Jeffrey S. Solochek: 'Florida lawmakers have been given two wildly different cost estimates as they consider a bill that would expand school vouchers and offer education savings accounts to all school-aged children in the state. The bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Kaylee Tuck, R-Lake Placid, put the number at $209.6 million Thursday as the Florida House took its first look at the bill’s price tag. But the independent Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added] says the measure could add billions to the state budget.'"

Read the rest of the story at politico.com

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