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Scott seeks $20 million more for high school technical centers

Gov. Rick Scott said Monday he will ask the Legislature for $20 million more next year for funding high school technical centers. Scott scheduled visits to technical centers in Orlando and Miami to promote the idea of a "rapid response start-up grant program" linking local labor needs with demand for jobs.

The Miami event is at Miami Lakes Educational Center at 2 p.m., Scott's office said.

"We know the workers of tomorrow are in our classrooms today," Scott said in a statement, "and this advanced workforce training creates an environment where our students are getting the skills and training they need to be competitive in the global marketplace. This increased funding will continue to give our workforce a competitive advantage and put our state on a path to become the global leader for job creation.”

Scott said he plans to roll out his complete budget in the coming weeks. The next regular session of the Legislature begins on Jan. 12, 2016.