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Florida Supreme Court justices are the highest-paid statewide officials, with their salaries substantially higher than the amounts paid to the governor, state Cabinet members and legislators.

Here are the 2019-2020 salaries for a variety of state officials and judges:

--- Supreme Court justices: $220,600

--- District Courts of Appeal judges: $169,554

--- State attorneys: $169,554

--- Public defenders: $169,554

--- Circuit judges: $160,688

--- County judges: $151,822

--- Public Service Commission members: $132,036

Florida’s record $90.98 billion spending plan for next fiscal year and more than 100 new laws will hit the books Monday.

DeSantis Signs State Budget, Vetoes $131 Million

Jun 21, 2019
News Service of Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis used his line-item veto power to slash more than $131 million in proposed spending Friday as he signed a record $90.98 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Calling the package “fiscally responsible,” the freshman governor praised lawmakers for exceeding his request for spending on environmental projects and for a boost in per-student funding in public schools.

Florida Lawmakers Eye Change In Divvying Up School Money

May 14, 2019

A long-controversial part of the state’s formula for distributing money to public schools could be headed toward a change.

Environmentalists Wary Of Bleak Florida Forever Budget

Apr 26, 2019
PATRICK FARRELL - PFARRELL@MIAMIHERALD.COM

As negotiations for the state’s yearly budget get closer and closer to a resolution, one line item has environmentalists shaking their heads.

The initial offer for funding Florida’s premier land acquisition program, Florida Forever, is less than half what some expected going into budget negotiations.

News Service of Florida

The tourism-marketing agency Visit Florida would only be funded for three months, while Enterprise Florida wouldn’t get any state money as part of a budget proposal released Tuesday by a House panel for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Also left out of the House proposal was continuation of an $85-million-a-year economic-development effort, known as the Job Growth Grant Fund, that was created in a compromise between the House and former Gov. Rick Scott.

DeSantis Could Come Up Short On Environment Money

Mar 6, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request for $625 million next year for environmental projects, including Everglades restoration, may be “pushing” the limits of a budget expected to be taxed because of the response to Hurricane Michael. 

AP Photo/Steve Cannon

Familiar battlelines are being drawn over the biggest pieces Florida's state budget -- healthcare and education.

 

Republicans plan on going after healthcare regulations they contend drive up the cost of care. Democrats say, after three failed attempts, Medicaid expansion returns as their priority.

 

DeSantis Goes Light On Medicaid Cuts

Feb 4, 2019

As a congressman, Ron DeSantis carved out a name for himself railing against Medicaid spending. 

Peter Haden / WLRN News

Ten years ago, before the financial crisis hit the state, there were 579 publicly funded beds for substance abuse treatment in Palm Beach County. Today there are around 179, and in the coming days that number will go down even further, according to Alton Taylor, the executive director of the Drug Abuse Foundation in Delray Beach, the county's largest provider of publicly funded substance abuse treatment beds.

John Teets / Miami Herald

What will Florida do with a $4.1 million grant earmarked for homeless organizations across the state? Nothing, apparently.

Archive / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade County schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho hopes better academic performance will mean more money from the state legislature.

Carvalho and school board members highlighted the district’s improving state test scores during a press conference Friday at the school board building. Students in Miami-Dade are outperforming their peers in other urban school districts across the state.

Oral arguments have been scheduled for late August in a Florida Supreme Court case challenging Gov. Rick Scott’s vetoes of pay raises for firefighters employed by the state.

Florida’s 98,000 incarcerated citizens had a voice today at the Florida Department of Corrections public hearing. Prisoner support groups gathered for three hours to implore the department to reconsider a proposed visitation policy change.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting and the state’s new law that requires armed security on every campus, some superintendents worry districts will now be competing for the same personnel.

For the 2016-17 school year, Florida’s Department of Education counted about 1,500 officers. But there’s more than twice as many public schools — about 3,800.

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