Gov. Scott wants to put millions more into education

By Chris Stewart

DERAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to make an announcement Monday in Delray Beach about education and tax breaks on items used to prepare for hurricanes.

Scott will be at S.D. Spady Elementary where he is expected to say he wants to spend more money per-student than any past Florida governor.

The Republican governor wants state legislators to boost spending on public schools by $542 million.

The Scott administration says that the budget request would result in a record level of nearly $19 billion for schools.

Scott says the budget would provide the "tools, training and funding to give our students the best chance for success".

Last year Scott asked for a $1.2 billion increase.

Scott's budget request for education will also include $2 billion for state colleges and $3.59 billion for the state university system.

Hurricane prep tax holiday?

Scott is expected to announce a sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness, according to the Palm Beach Post.

That means there would be no tax on things like flashlights and tarps, saving taxpayers around $20 million. Crist held the same holiday in 2006 and 2007.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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