- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida’s top jobs recruiter is stepping down from his post after state legislators rejected calls for additional money.

Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced Monday that Bill Johnson, the head of Enterprise Florida, is resigning. Scott’s office did not announce the exact date of Johnson’s departure.

Johnson took over the post in 2015 at the start of Scott’s second term in office. But he wound up clashing several times with the Florida Legislature over the amount of money needed to lure new companies to the state.

Scott wanted legislators this year to set aside $250 million for a new fund that would be used for business incentives. But legislators rejected the entire request.

Scott on Monday sent out a memo to Enterprise Florida board members that said the economic development organization is going to have to cut spending due to the decision by legislators.

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