It appears a one million dollar contract could cost Visit Florida much, much more. The House is moving forward with a plan to cut the agency’s funding by two thirds and establish more stringent oversight.
The speaker of the Florida House is trying to end funding for Visit Florida. He's claiming that the state's tourism marketing effort isn't having any noticeable impact on the number of visitors to the state.
But is it? WUSF's Steve Newborn runs the numbers by Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday requested the resignation of the state's tourism-marketing leader amid a controversy over an expired $1 million contract with a Miami hip-hop artist whom the governor praised for his "devotion to our great state."
Rapper Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) is the latest in a long list of celebrities lending their star power to the flourishing charter school movement. Alicia Keyes, Denzel Washington, Shakira, Oprah — all support or sponsor charter schools.