July 6, 2020

Controversial Florida toll road project gets boost in trimmed budge [The Center Square]

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.

John Haughey writes:

"Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis trimmed $1 billion from Florida's fiscal year 2021 budget before signing it, but surviving the governor’s cuts was a $90 million allocation for Florida’s most ambitious – and controversial – highway project since the 1950s.

Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) is a $10 billion plan to build 340 miles of new toll roads by 2030. It was initiated with the adoption of Senate Bill 7068 in 2019.

Supporters, including the Florida Chamber of Commerce and other business interests, say M-CORES will boost rural economies, alleviate urban congestion, improve evacuation routes and install internet services in underserved areas.

M-CORES is widely opposed, however, including by the 80-member No Roads to Ruin coalition spearheaded by Sierra Club, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and League of Women Voters."


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