A year ago, Gov. Rick Scott drew a line in the sand for lawmakers listening to his State of the State speech.
Scott wanted $1 billion added to the K-12 education budget. Nothing less.
“And I ask you to please consider that recommendation very carefully,” Scott said, according to the prepared speech. “On this point, I just cannot budge. I ask you again today to send me a budget that significantly increases state funding for education.”
Scott was back with another education-related request in his State of the State speech Tuesday, but this time his approach to winning support for across-the-board $2,500 raises for teachers was more carrot, less stick.
Scott argued teachers deserve a raise. And then he asked lawmakers to remember a a favorite teacher. Scott didn’t threaten a veto if lawmakers disagree.
“Like me, you all are probably here today thanks to a great teacher who believed in you,” Scott said. Then Scott asked for a show of support — at once literal and metaphorical.
“Will you please stand now in honor of that great teacher?”