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Citing clash Florida jobs agency chief abruptly resigns

Photo: Enterprise Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The head of Florida’s jobs recruiting agency is stepping down from his job two months after he took over.

Chris Hart, a former legislator, abruptly resigned on Monday. He cited an ongoing conflict with Gov. Rick Scott over the future of Enterprise Florida, the outfit responsible for recruiting companies to the state.

His resignation was first reported by Politico Florida.

Hart took over as Enterprise Florida CEO on Jan. 3. He succeeded Bill Johnson, who was forced out after clashing with legislators.

Hart’s departure comes during a critical time. House Speaker Richard Corcoran is pushing a bill to scuttle the organization and strip it of all state money. The legislation could reach the House floor this week.

Scott has sharply criticized House Republicans for pushing the bill.

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