Takesaways From Tallahassee

The state spent a little over $2 million guarding Gov. Rick Scott in 2015-16, records show, an increase over the $1.8 million spent the year before.

Every summer, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement releases a “Transportation and Protective Services” report, detailing the cost of security for the Governor, the First Lady, their family and the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee.

The money comes largely from the state’s “general revenue,” which is taxes and fees.

The total for all of them—counting agents’ and others’ salaries, transportation and miscellaneous expenses—was $2.65 million, up from $2.37 million the year before, the report says. That’s an increase of almost 12 percent…read more