August 11, 2021

‘Build Back Better’ Federal Budget Resolution Charts Course Toward Stronger, More Equitable Future

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.

The following is in response to the U.S. Senate’s vote to advance a budget resolution paving the way to craft and enact a slate of investments known as the “Build Back Better” plan.

This budget resolution is an important step toward passing the transformational policies our country needs to improve lives, create a stronger, fairer economy, advance racial equity, and ensure all people can share in the prosperity of our nation.

For too long, Florida families have been held back by racial and economic inequality. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 16 percent of Florida families with children lived in poverty. Yet, corporations continue to avoid paying their share in taxes.

This budget resolution creates a path toward a better future, cutting costs for families on essentials like housing, food, child care, health care, and school; helping workers get the help they need to make ends meet and get ahead; creating millions of jobs while tackling the climate crisis; and closing the Medicaid gap for millions living in non-expansion states, like Florida.

Additionally, based on budget summary materials, the plan will also tackle our lopsided tax code to pay for the investments necessary to create that better future — specifically by asking corporations and households with income over $400,000 to pay their share in taxes. We applaud the Senate for recognizing tax fairness as a critical element to building a more equitable society.

We look forward to working with members of Florida’s Congressional delegation in the coming weeks to support the investments our communities need, and we urge our delegation to deliver on the bold vision laid out in this budget resolution.

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