DeSantis gets budget as cuts loom

Published: June 17th, 2020 | Jacksonville Business Journal


By Jim Turner – News Service of Florida


Florida’s proposed $93.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins in two weeks, landed on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk Wednesday.


The Legislature’s delivery of the budget came a day after DeSantis warned that he will use his line-item veto power to slash the spending plan to help address a coronavirus-fueled loss in tax revenues. He said such cuts could help keep lawmakers from having to readdress the budget 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 news conference Tuesday.


Lawmakers passed the record spending plan March 19 for the fiscal year that starts July 1. But it was not formally sent to DeSantis until Wednesday.


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