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FPI Staff
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April 21, 2021

Florida House and Senate FY 2021-22 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.

Executive Summary

The Florida House of Representatives and Senate passed their respective budget proposals (HB 5001 and SB 2500) for fiscal year (FY) 2021-22 on April 8, 2021. The recommendations total $97.1 billion in the House’s proposal and $95 billion in the Senate’s, increases of 5.3 percent and 3 percent, respectively, over the $92.2 billion current year budget.*

Despite the influx of federal dollars in the form of COVID-19 relief from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and the American Rescue Plan Act, neither proposal utilizes the funds to their fullest potential to generate an equitable and shared recovery. Instead, both chambers propose funding cuts in several areas, and — separate from the budget process — are also proposing a series of tax cuts, which would further reduce revenue needed to fund priorities.

*Florida Policy Institute defines current year funding in this report as FY 2020-21 appropriations, plus vetoes. Except for Figure 1, FPI does not include adjustments and supplemental funding in calculations of current year funding levels.

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