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.