March 30, 2020

2020 Legislative Roundup

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Florida should be a state where families can build a healthy future and where both workers and businesses can thrive. Florida Policy Institute’s Roadmap to Shared Prosperity is a guide to achieving this vision through policy. This includes:

  • Unleashing Floridians’ potential and boosting productivity by investing in education and health
  • Launching public infrastructure projects to create jobs, spur growth, promote equity and improve climate resilience
  • Boosting household incomes
  • Cleaning up and modernizing the tax code for a stronger future        

These priorities are achievable through common-sense legislation. FPI’s legislative agenda for 2020, which is centered on the goals set forth in the roadmap, outlines the organization’s priorities for the upcoming session and indicates the policies that FPI supports or opposes.

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