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House Democrats: We can work with Scott

Reps. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa; Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach; and Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Plantation, talk with Capitol reporters on Thursday. Photo by Bill Cotterell.

House Democrats said Thursday that they are willing to work with Republican Gov. Rick Scott on major social service issues.

While acknowledging there’s an election in 2014 but without questioning motive,  House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston, D-Plantation, said Scott’s initiative to expand Medicaid to the working poor and to advocate for pay raises for public school teachers are consistent with the Democrats’ agenda. Thurston said he welcomes the governor’s change of heart on lowering Medicaid eligibility requirements and money for public schools.

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