Fla. Gov. Wins OK of Priorities After Fight

Fla. Gov. Wins OK of Priorities After Fight

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

 (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott finally got what he wanted from state lawmakers this year but it didn't come easy.

Scott had to resort to horse-trading and thinly-veiled veto threats in the final days before the Republican-controlled Legislature delivered on his priorities. Those priorities included a teacher pay raise and tax cut for manufacturers.

But the Republican governor's third session was not entirely successful.

The former health care executive turned politician was unable to convince House Republicans to accept billions in federal aid to cover roughly 1 million uninsured Floridians.

Democrats complained that Scott did not use his clout in order to convince the Florida House to accept a plan developed by Senate Republicans.

Scott and legislative leaders still declared victory on Friday after the session ended.

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