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The DeSantis sign in Florida records a $ 101 billion budget with $ 550 million for raising teachers

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed a $ 101 billion budget that includes increases for teachers, police and other first responders.
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The Republican governor signed the state’s largest spending plan ever during a bill signing ceremony in New Smyrna Beach.

The state’s spending plan is an increase of more than $ 9 billion compared to the previous year, increased by $ 6.9 billion in federal funds. The budget year begins July 1st.

During the event, DeSantis praised the handling of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic by saying that Florida is fully open to business, helped to recover the economy.

‘A lot of people have been trying to tell me this past summer that I should close such restaurants. We did not do that. “We kept things open, we had children at school,” said DeSantis. “The result was that our economy really started to recover.”

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In the state budget, more than 175,000 teachers and 3,000 principals, as well as first responders, will receive a $ 1,000 check. It also includes $ 22.4 billion for K-12 schools and $ 550 million to increase teachers’ salaries to a minimum of $ 47,500.

‘Once I sign this budget, we will sign a budget that responsibly supports our men and women in law enforcement, our K-12 education students and educators, our great environmental and natural resources throughout the state of Florida preserve and protect. but do it in a way that has the lowest per capita tax burden of any state in the country, ‘DeSantis said.

He added: “If you had said it a year ago, no one would have believed it would be possible.”

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The minimum wage for government workers will also be increased to $ 13 per hour as part of the budget, while state attorneys, public defenders and district court judges will receive a 10 percent salary increase.

“We did all this while maintaining strong fiscal reserves and lowering taxes to make sure Florida families benefit this year and for decades to come,” DeSantis added. statement.

The governor’s veto included $ 1.35 billion from federal funds the state received under President Joe Biden’s U.S. bailout plan. DeSantis told reporters on Wednesday that these funds would no longer be appropriated for emergency funds and future budgetary needs, as proposed by state lawmakers, but would rather be made available for other uses.

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