Gov. Scott gets signatures from budget recipients on money-back pledges

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A number of organizations up for state funding in the budget agreed to potential repayment terms set down by Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott had asked the Tampa Bay Innovation Center in St. Petersburg, the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, IMG Academy in Bradenton, and the Sarasota-Bradenton World Aquatic Sports Center to pledge a return of state money if they failed to produce promised economic benefits. By the end of last week, the governor’s office had signed letters from officials at each organization.

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