November 27, 2019

Governor Ron DeSantis’ FY 2020-21 Budget Recommendations: 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.

Governor Ron DeSantis released his fiscal year (FY) 2020-21 budget proposal on November 18, 2019. The proposal totals $91.4 billion, a nominal 0.5 percent increase over the current fiscal year.

While the governor’s budget makes some strides to increase investment in areas such as housing, education and the environment, it does little 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 governor’s budget further entrenches deep cuts that ultimately harm Sunshine State families, children and communities.

In November 2018, Florida Policy Institute (FPI) launched its “Roadmap to Shared Prosperity in Florida,” a blueprint for improving economic mobility, health and fiscal stability for families in the Sunshine State.  Since then, FPI has analyzed each budget proposal in the context of the roadmap.

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