By
Sadaf Knight
|
December 19, 2019

Legislation would thwart local investment at the worst of times [Palm Beach Post]

This post was last updated on September 10, 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.

In 2018, Palm Beach County voters approved a local tax referendum to increase public school teacher salaries and improve safety by expanding security and mental health services on school grounds. The question, which appeared on the ballot during the midterm general elections, passed with overwhelming support. This was just one of 20 local tax referendums put before voters last year. All 20 passed. People across the state said “yes” to investing in teachers and schools, transportation, parks, trails, libraries and fire services.

This should have sent a clear message to Florida lawmakers: Sunshine State voters want to see their communities thrive. Local revenue-raising measures remain a crucial and necessary mechanism for meaningful investment, as Florida legislators have underfunded critical public services at the state level for more than a decade.

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