ABOVE VIDEO: Governor Ron DeSantis holds a press conference at The Garlic in New Smyrna Beach
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Florida Leads state budget for fiscal year 2021-2022.
The budget was $ 101.5 billion and includes $ 169 million in tax breaks. The governor vetoed $ 1.5 billion in total spending, including $ 1.35 billion in federal funds received under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
“While other states were advocating endless lockdowns during the pandemic, Florida followed science and led the nation to ensure Florida families had the opportunity to go to school, go to work, and care for themselves and their families Said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I am proud to sign the Florida Leads budget, which continues to exemplify Florida’s continued determination and unwavering economic foundation, while cementing Florida’s position as a national leader in education, environmental protection, building a resilient economy and ensuring public safety. We did all of this while maintaining strong tax reserves and cutting taxes to ensure families in Florida benefit this year and decades to come. “
“In Florida we have the best politics and the best governor of any state in the nation, and today we reaffirm Florida’s position as national leader,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “In the Florida Leads Budget, our administration invests in the priorities that are most important to Florida families, such as education, the environment, and the economy. We continue to prioritize public health and mental well-being and fully support our law enforcement officers and first responders who are putting their lives at risk for their communities every day. “
Florida Leads budget year 2021-2022 highlights are listed below:
Florida leads the way in tax responsibility and taxpayer savings
The Florida Leads budget continues to focus on fiscal responsibility and providing tax breaks for Florida residents. The budget leaves $ 9.5 billion in reserves, including more than $ 1.2 billion in revenue raised above April revenue estimates, and has sufficient resources to cope with hurricanes and other unforeseen circumstances to react. The budget also implements a tax package that cuts taxes by $ 169 million and includes the first 7-day sales tax vacation during Freedom Week, a 10-day sales tax vacation at the start of school, and a 10-day sales tax vacation for disaster risk reduction.
Florida leads the way in education
Last year, Florida’s students, parents, and educators faced major challenges, but by following the science, Florida schools were able to open up for face-to-face teaching to ensure continued learning in K-12 schools. Building on this dynamic, Florida Leads’ budget is allocating $ 22.8 billion to K-12 training. This funding represents a $ 53 increase in the base allocation for students, $ 120 million for mental health initiatives, and a historic $ 550 million increase of $ 50 million to meet the minimum salary for K-12 – Continuing to raise teachers to the $ 47,500 target and raise salaries for experienced teachers and other qualified teaching staff.
Florida is a leader in environmental protection
The Florida Leads budget continues Governor DeSantis’ commitment to raise record investments in Everglades restoration and water resources by allocating more than $ 625 million for these purposes. This includes more than $ 415 million in Everglades restoration projects and $ 302 million in targeted water quality improvements to achieve significant, meaningful, and measurable nutrient reductions in key bodies of water across the state. The budget also includes $ 152 million to protect valuable Florida land and body of water, including $ 102 million for the Florida Forever program and $ 50 million for Florida’s award-winning state parks. In addition, the budget includes federal funding of up to $ 500 million for the Resilient Florida Program to Combat Sea Level Rise, up to $ 500 million for the Wastewater Grant Program, and up to $ 300 million for land purchase for protection of wildlife corridors.
Florida is a leader in transportation and economic development
The Florida Leads budget recognizes that Florida’s economic recovery is in full swing and is making critical investments in transportation, infrastructure and resources to ensure continued job growth, labor training, affordable housing and rural economic development. The Florida Department of Transportation is investing $ 10.3 billion, including $ 9.44 billion for the State Transportation Work Program, which is a five-year rolling plan for the implementation and completion of transportation infrastructure projects. The budget also includes $ 74 million for the Job Growth Grant Fund, $ 75 million for VISIT FLORIDA’s marketing programs, $ 1.6 billion for disaster relief funding, and a one-time grant of $ 1,000 for Florida’s first responder.
Florida is a leader in health and social care
The pandemic has adversely affected the health and wellbeing of the Floridians in unimaginable ways. Parents, children and seniors are struggling with what makes the need for support and mental health services more acute than ever. Florida Leads has a budget of more than $ 134 million to provide funding for services to children and families who receive services through the Florida Child Welfare System. The budget also includes more than $ 137.6 million in funding to provide community services to adults and children with behavioral health needs, and includes $ 3 million to support 211 providers who facilitate access to support services.
Florida is a leader in helping the military, veterans, and their families
The budget provides $ 28 million for the Florida military presence and families, which will fund state support for military research and development. These include $ 2 million for the Florida Defense Support Task Force, $ 1.75 million for the defense infrastructure program, $ 7.2 million for armory maintenance, $ 2 million for military base protection, including additional security measures for the National Guard armories, $ 4.1 million in support of Florida National Guards who graduate, and $ 11 million in support of scholarships for the children and spouses of deceased or disabled veterans. In addition, the budget includes up to $ 50 million to build two new National Guard armories in Zephyrhills and Immokalee.
Florida leads the way in cybersecurity
The budget is investing $ 37.5 million in various government agencies to improve information technology security measures and controls across the state to help protect Florida from the persistent and evolving cyber threats that threaten critical government resources and sensitive information can.
To view the Florida Leads budget highlights, click here.
To view the veto list, click here.
To view the delivery letter, click here.