House panel approves $44.5 million for Gov. Scott's economic development office

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A House panel on Wednesday gave Gov. Rick Scott some of what he wanted by earmarking $44.5 million in non-recurring funds that could be used by his office to attract targeted business, reports the News Service of Florida. Speaking on a proposed committee bill (PCB FTC 11-03), Rep. Chris Dorworth, R-Lake Mary, offered an amendment to transfer the funds from general revenue through the state economic development trust fund and to the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development for use on a handful of efforts including quick response training, defense and spaceflight endeavors and the governor? quick action closing fund.

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