Late Friday, Ron DeSantis signed his first budget as Governor of Florida after stripping $131 Million in spending from the bill sent to him by the Legislature in early May. Florida law permits Governors to utilize a “Line Item Veto” of budgets instead of mandating the full approval seen at the Federal level.
DeSantis’ cuts were spread throughout the state and focused on items the Governor believed to not be under the purview of government and/or should be funded at the local level or by foundations. At first glance, it appears he didn’t focus cuts on projects championed by political foes or opposition party members.
Several items of local importance were cut including $500,000 for Ruth Eckerd Hall, $200,000 for USFSP Joint Institute for Gulf Studies, and $250,000 for the Carter G. Woodson African-America Museum, a priority the Chamber shared with the City of St. Petersburg.
Chamber Priorities Survive Veto
Some important items receiving funding this year include the Florida Holocaust Museum, Capital Funding for USFSP Programs, and the Chamber’s top funding priorities: TBARTA, VISIT Florida, and Enterprise Florida.
While the 2019 Legislative Session just ended it is time to start thinking about 2020 Legislative Priorities. Please CLICK HERE to submit your organization’s priorities for consideration by the Chamber’s Legislative Committee.