Gov. Rick Scott wants $1.2 billion more for schools

Florida budget expected to be released on Thursday

Published On: Jan 30 2013 11:15:41 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 30 2013 11:26:57 AM EST
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to boost school spending by $1.2 billion in the coming year.

The governor outlined his top spending priorities during The Associated Press' 19th annual planning meeting, and he is expected to release his 2013 budget recommendations on Thursday.

Scott says the $1.2 billion increase for K-12 schools would include a nearly $500 million boost in teacher salaries he has already proposed. The governor wants to give a $2,500 across the board pay raise to every teacher.

The Republican governor outlined other top priorities including eliminating a new sales tax exemption for manufacturers that purchase industrial equipment and machinery.

Scott refused Wednesday to say whether he would recommend accepting federal aid in order to expand Medicaid coverage.