December 9, 2021

DeSantis proposes Florida budget with bonuses for teachers and police

Lawrence Mower, Mary Ellen Klas, Ana Ceballos and Kirby Wilson write:

"TALLAHASSEE — Flush with booming tax revenues and billions in federal cash, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday unveiled a proposed $99.7 billion budget for the state’s next fiscal year that includes $1,000 bonuses for teachers and police and millions to combat illegal immigration and election fraud.

Calling it the “Freedom First Budget” to echo DeSantis’ reelection slogan, his proposed budget includes nearly $1 billion for the environment and no tuition increases for state colleges and universities.


Florida could draw down even more federal Medicaid money if it decided to expand the program to the state’s working poor under the Affordable Care Act. According to the progressive-leaning Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], that state would get nearly $2 billion in savings in the next two years by expanding the program because of provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden in March."


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