Florida budget

Governor DeSantis Promises Big Cuts To State Budget

Jun 17, 2020
SCOTT KEELER / Tampa Bay Times via Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he will soon slash enough spending from the state’s proposed $93.2 billion budget to keep lawmakers from having to address a coronavirus-fueled loss in tax revenues before the November elections.

“There’s going to be a lot more vetoes, there'll be a lot of red,” DeSantis told reporters during a late afternoon news conference.

Lawmakers passed a record spending plan in March for the fiscal year that starts July 1. But the proposed budget has not been formally delivered to DeSantis, who has line-item veto power.

Florida Budget Eyed For Cuts As Virus Hits State Revenues

Jun 11, 2020
flguardian2 / Flickr Creative Commons

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida TaxWatch wants more than $136 million in projects cut from the proposed state budget, but the fiscal-watchdog group acknowledges that might be far less than what is needed because of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on state revenues.

TaxWatch President Dominic Calabro said he expects Gov. Ron DeSantis to use his line-item veto power to go beyond the 180 projects that TaxWatch has identified as “turkeys” in the proposed $93.2 billion budget that lawmakers passed in March.

Nursing Homes Could Get Payment Bump

Mar 9, 2020

Florida nursing homes will see a $74.8 million increase in their Medicaid rates beginning July 1 under an agreement reached by legislative health-care budget writers.

Canadian Drug Importation Money Approved

Mar 9, 2020

Health care budget writers have agreed to spend $10.3 million to help carry out a Canadian drug-importation program, about half of what Gov. Ron DeSantis sought in a proposed budget he unveiled late last year.

Florida Schools Are Set To Get A Mental Health Funding Boost

Jan 31, 2020
Rick Bowmer / AP

Florida lawmakers are set to boost funding for school-based mental health services for the third year in a row, an effort to stem a rising youth suicide rate and identify potentially violent students.

The money has helped South Florida schools hire more school counselors, psychologists and therapists. Despite the investment, districts have a long way to go until they meet the recommended staffing ratios.

Senate President Bill Galvano had breakfast with members of the Capitol press corps Tuesday, fielding questions on (just about) everything under the Sunshine. Here are a few of the matters Galvano weighed in on:

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is calling the 2020 legislative session the ‘Year of the Teacher,’ and recently rolled out his budget asks for K-12 education.

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Governor Ron DeSantis’ proposed state budget would fully fund Florida’s two affordable housing programs. He is recommending that all $387 million be used for housing needs.

The Florida Legislature created the affordable housing programs in 1992 by raising the documentary stamp tax on real estate transactions.

The money is supposed to be split between two programs, but it often gets sent elsewhere.

AP

Teacher pay and fiscal discipline. 

Those are two of the top priorities from leading Republicans as state lawmakers and Gov. Ron DeSantis prepare to spend more than $90 billion in the next fiscal year beginning in July. Over $30 billion of that is collected from state taxes and fees.

  "This coming legislative session really needs to be the year of the teacher," DeSantis told reporters in the Capitol late last month.

Latvala: Budget Cuts May Be Necessary To Pay For Teacher Raises

Oct 18, 2019

A House education panel on Thursday began delving into the issue of raising teacher pay, with a key lawmaker saying that while "everything is on the table," the panel still needs to figure out where the money would come from.

WLRN News

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.

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