- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The head of Florida’s economic development agency is warning that the state could lose out on 50,000 jobs due to the Legislature.

Bill Johnson, the president and CEO of Enterprise Florida, made that prediction in an email he sent Saturday to business partners statewide. Legislative leaders late Friday announced they were rejecting Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to set aside $250 million to lure new businesses to Florida.

Johnson said that without the money, Florida would lose out on 277 projects it is competing for. He wrote those projects would create 50,000 jobs.

Despite the warning, Rep. Clay Ingram said there are no plans to revisit the decision. Ingram is the chairman of the House committee that oversees economic development projects.

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