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Secretary Detzner, State Leaders Applaud Governor Scott’s “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” Budget for Funding Arts, Historic Preservation, Libraries, Elections and Cultural Heritage in Florida

Tallahassee –

Today, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and state leaders applauded Governor Rick Scott’s “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 announcing more than $73.5 million in funding for programs supporting library grants, cultural programs, and historic preservation to stimulate cultural heritage tourism and overall economic development. The budget also includes funding toward improving elections.

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, said, “Thanks to Governor Scott’s dedicated leadership, Florida is more prepared for the future. The Governor’s renewed commitment to fund libraries, cultural programs, and historic preservation and to improve elections management will advance the state and continue to make Florida one of the world’s best places to live, work and play.”

Malinda Horton, Executive Director of the Florida Association of Museums, said, “Funding for the arts boosts tourism, cultural heritage activities, and improves the economy. I’m grateful to Governor Scott for his renewed dedication to cultural and museum grant funding.”

Mark Andersen, Bay County Supervisor of Elections, said, “Governor Scott’s budget reaffirms his commitment to ensuring fair and successful elections in Florida and bolsters our efforts to continually improve the voter experience in the state.”

Marion Almy, Chairman of the Florida Historical Commission, said, “Today Governor Scott showed investments in historical properties are an investment in Florida’s future.”

Charlie Parker, Executive Director, Tampa Bay Library Consortium, said, “Governor Scott has proven that he understands the significant contributions that libraries make to our state, including in the areas of education and community development.”