News Release: Associated Press News
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state to spend millions to bolster its efforts to prevent child abuse.
Scott will announce Tuesday that he wants to hire additional child protection investigators. The governor will also push for extra funding to allow for two-person teams to handle cases involving children the most at risk of abuse.
Scott wants state legislators to increase money for child abuse investigators by nearly $32 million. He also wants an $8 million increase for sheriff's departments handling abuse cases.
The move comes after the state's child welfare system has come under increased criticism and scrutiny due to a series of deaths in the past year.
Democrats last month called on Scott to shield the Department of Children and Families from any more budget cuts.