July 2, 2019

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget: Summary by Issue Area

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.

Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020 budget into law on June 21, 2019. The final budget totals $91 billion, an increase of $2.3 billion, or 2.6 percent, over FY 2018-19.

The budget, also known as the General Appropriations Act (GAA), represents a $700 million increase over the Florida Senate’s recommended funding levels and a $1.1 billion increase over the funding levels proposed by the Florida House of Representatives.  

Disappointingly, the final budget continues the state’s post-Great Recession trend of under-investing in residents.

This report will analyze the GAA in the context of the Roadmap to Shared Prosperity in Florida, a blueprint for improving economic mobility, health and fiscal stability for families in the Sunshine State.

The Florida Policy Institute (FPI) answered the same questions below in early February 2019 in its analysis of the governor’s proposed budget, as well as in March 2019 in its analysis of the Senate and House budget proposals.

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