July 21, 2021

Florida FY 2021-22 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.

Executive Summary 

Governor Ron DeSantis signed the fiscal year (FY) 2021-22 budget into law on June 2, 2021. The final budget, after $62.5 million in vetoes, totals $101.5 billion, an increase of 10 percent from FY 2020-21. 

This was an unprecedented budget cycle, as the Legislature was faced with a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic and an economic recession. Although the significant influx of federal dollars provided state lawmakers an opportunity to lay the foundation for a truly equitable recovery — one in which all Floridians share in economic gains — the budget falls short in utilizing these funds to their fullest potential.

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