DeSantis pitches $96.6B budget

Governor Ron DeSantis released his $96.6 billion “Florida Leads” budget proposal for fiscal year 2021-22, which is a $4.3 billion increase over last year. The budget includes a $2.6 billion for COVID-19 pandemic response expenditures and economic impacts.

 

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The proposed budget allocates $9 million to support the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, $2.8 million to support additional Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) for medication administration, $178 million to fight the state’s opioid epidemic, $53.9 million to provide community-based behavioral health services for adults with severe mental illnesses and children with emotional disturbances, $26 million to fund veterans’ programs and $36.6 million for a new level of reimbursement for immediate care facilities to serve those with intellectual disabilities. There will also be $4 million for a customer service solution to meet needs and improve quality of services provided to health care professionals.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has tested the strength of our state and our nation, Florida is resilient and will continue to lead,” DeSantis said in a statement. “The cornerstone of my mission has been to protect our most vulnerable residents and put Florida’s Seniors First, while ensuring that every Floridian can go to school, go to work, and provide for themselves and their families.”

Appropriations committee meeting is set for Feb 2, followed by subcommittee meetings throughout the week, according to the Senate calendar.