Florida Legislature agrees on $101.5 B budget

The Florida Legislature agreed on a $101.5 billion state budget Tuesday, a figure that was unfathomable a year ago as the economy collapsed during the coronavirus pandemic. The budget proposal includes $6.7 billion in federal COVID-19 relief money that Republican legislative leaders previously said they wouldn’t rely on. Gov. Ron DeSantis originally proposed a $96.6 […]

Florida Capitol building. (State of Florida photo)

Florida lawmakers await revenue data as they consider budget

Both chambers of the Florida Legislature will take up their respective budget proposals during floor sessions this week, as they now begin racing the clock to deliver a balanced budget for the governor’s consideration. Just four weeks remain before lawmakers end their two-month session, and much of the work ahead will depend on the latest […]

DeSantis rolls out $96.6 billion budget plan

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday proposed a record $96.6 billion state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, offering a more upbeat picture of Florida’s finances than lawmakers who will have to stitch together a spending plan as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hamper the economy. During a news conference at the Capitol, DeSantis said his […]

Governor DeSantis vetoes more than $1B of the legislature-approved $93.2B budget

Governor Ron DeSantis held a briefing Monday afternoon in Tallahassee. DeSantis signed a $92.2 billion budget after a veto of more than $1 billion of the $93.2 billion legislature-approved version. As an example of the vetoes, he said they include $20 million for the Job Growth Grant Fund, an economic-development program. Lawmakers passed the budget […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo via CBS News.

Florida governor proposes $91.4 billion budget

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing a $91.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July. The budget proposal released Monday is slightly more than the state’s current $91 billion spending plan. The budget proposal includes more than $600 million to raise the minimum salary for teachers to $47,500, which DeSantis said […]