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$91 billion state budget clears Florida House

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By Ethen Lieser | Feb 20, 2020

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The Florida House last week passed the $91 billion state budget 118-0, with large monetary increases for education and the environment.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had five pages of line-item vetoes on areas that were far and wide-ranging. They included $45,000 the legislature OK’d for a city hall emergency generator for Labelle, which has a population of 4,700.

There were also larger items that didn’t make the final cuts, such as $5.9 million for a new music building at the University of Florida.

“Certain things I think have merit, but are clearly a local responsibility, and if I fund something for one locality, do I have to do it for everybody?” DeSantis said.

The Everglades restoration will receive $400 million in funding. Other projects slated to get state funding include: $100 million for springs restoration, $50 million for water-quality improvements, and $25 million to battle red tides and blue-green algae.

The State of Florida will also spend $2.9 billion on recoveries from Hurricanes Irma and Michael.

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