FPI Staff
February 14, 2020

Florida House and Senate FY 2020-21 Budget Recommendations: Summary by Issue Area

This post was last updated on September 29, 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 Florida House and Senate Appropriations Committees released their fiscal year (FY) 2020-21 budget proposals on Feb. 6, 2020. The House proposal totals $91.4 billion, in line with the governor’s proposed budget and a nominal 0.5 percent increase over the current fiscal year.  The Senate budget totals $92.8 billion, a 2 percent increase over the current year.  

The House and Senate proposals make some increased investments in teacher pay and the environment. However, they diverge in how they fund housing, and both chambers underinvest in many key areas. Neither proposal offers substantive recommendations to stem the systemic and long-term inequities underlying the state economy. In critical areas including health care, criminal justice, and safety net programs, the proposed budgets further entrench deep cuts that ultimately harm Sunshine State families, children, and communities.

Florida Policy Institute’s (FPI’s) “Roadmap to Shared Prosperity in Florida” is a blueprint for improving economic mobility, health, and fiscal stability for families in the Sunshine State.  FPI has analyzed each budget proposal in the context of the roadmap.

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