It appears that Visit Florida has been unable to catch a break so far in budget negotiations, at least according to a recent update from Florida Senator Joe Negron on a roughly $83 billion state budget outline that would reduce the DMO’s funding to $25 million from the previous year’s $76 million alloted amount.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran are still haggling over final details in the state budget, but no further details were provided on the remaining differences.
Visit Florida President Ken Lawson urged Florida residents to call and email the Florida Legislature to tell them why funding Visit Florida is so important. Lawson and Florida Gov. Rick Scott are still pushing for an increased $100 million budget for the DMO, but certainly at least hope to maintain the previous year's budget.
U.S. Travel also issued a release in support of Gov. Scott’s $100 million Visit Florida budget proposal. The Florida Legislature has until Tuesday, May 2, to finalize a budget if it wants to end the session on time.
More information on the Florida budget negotiations is available via the Orlando Sentinel.