Group urges governor to lobby for more federal aid and look to revenue-raising solutions to ensure families weather the COVID-19 crisis
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Policy Institute (FPI) today joined 35 organizations across the state in calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to “pursue every available avenue” — including pushing for more federal aid and closing tax loopholes — to preserve hard-won priorities in the state budget.
The joint letter notes that governors from both parties in other states have urged action for additional state support.
The state Legislature sent the fiscal year 2020-21 budget to the governor on Wednesday, June 17. The letter was sent as DeSantis, who has until July 1 to approve the budget, has indicated he will make deep cuts.
“The governor must protect crucial programs and services, or else we will see existing racial and economic disparities exacerbated in Florida,” said Sadaf Knight, CEO of FPI, who spearheaded the joint letter. “This can be achieved in a number of ways that would help sustain our state budget and also make Florida stronger in the long-run.”
Specifically, the letter urges the governor to take the following steps:
“We look forward to working with the Governor and other state leaders to implement these solutions and preserve hard-won budget priorities,” added Knight.
FPI is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing state policies and budgets that improve the economic mobility and quality of life for all Floridians.