Florida Governor DeSantis signs $101 billion budget, issues $1,000 checks for teachers and first responders, and cuts taxes by $169 MILLION
- DeSantis’ Florida Leads Budget Is Nearly $10 Billion Increased Year-over-Year
- The budget plan was signed on Wednesday and will take effect on July 1.
- Florida residents will see taxes cut by $169 million in the already low-tax state
- With $8.8 in federal aid from Biden’s US bailout, the GOP governor complained it was a modest amount compared to Democrat-led states
- It also includes millions for teachers and Florida’s public university system
- State Democrats found little to complain about DeSantis’ spending, but criticized him for disrespecting Biden and the Congressional Dems
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a budget plan that would see the state of Sunshine State spend $101.5 billion in the coming fiscal year.
DeSantis’ “Florida Leads” spending plan includes awarding checks of $1,000 to first responders, more than 175,000 classroom teachers, and 3,000 principals.
It takes effect July 1 and will cut taxes by a total of $169 million in the already low-tax state.
DeSantis praised the state’s success based on revenue forecasts during bill signing at a New Smyrna Beach, Florida restaurant
The budget will cut taxes by a total of $169 million in the already low tax state
The budget, an increase of about $9.2 billion from the current fiscal year, includes $8.8 billion that Florida is expected to receive from President Biden’s US bailout.
The GOP governor criticized federal aid as a modest amount compared to what he called “lockdown” states with higher unemployment.
“We had lower unemployment, so Florida got a lot less,” he said at a news conference on Wednesday.
California, New York and Texas are among the states receiving the most money from Biden’s plan.
Democratic state lawmakers called DeSantis signing ceremony a ‘victory round’
Florida’s budget also includes a hefty $100 million for community projects to combat rising sea levels and the effects of worsening hurricane seasons, which weather experts and Democrats have attributed to climate change.
DeSantis touted the state’s success based on revenue forecasts—driven primarily by tourism—while signing the bill at a restaurant in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, after a year in which many state and even national economies suffered the effects of the recession. COVID-19 pandemic.
“A lot of people tried to tell me last summer to close these kinds of restaurants. We didn’t do it. We kept things open, we had kids in school,” DeSantis said. “As a result, our economy really started to recover.”
The budget also raises the minimum wage for government employees to $13 per hour, above the $8.65 minimum for private employees in the state.
DeSantis’ $101.5 billion spending bill comes after he vetoed $1.5 billion that state lawmakers wanted to allocate to emergency funds and local projects.
$1 billion of the rejected funds were federal dollars that DeSantis criticized for their requirements.
Florida Senate Democrats found little criticism of DeSantis’ budget, but complained he didn’t give Biden credit
The Florida Senate Democratic minority found little criticism of DeSantis’ spending allocations, but complained that he failed to give credit where credit was due.
“Thanks to President Joe Biden and the Democrats in Congress who passed the US bailout plan, the governor can tout a state budget that will help Florida recover from the pandemic,” Democratic lawmakers said in a statement. statement. “Unfortunately, when he took his victory lap to hand out the bonuses and boasted of the many programs saved thanks to federal aid, the governor never once thanked those who made this possible.”