Governor DeSantis keeps state budget on hold

Published: May 11th, 2020 | The News Service of Florida


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s next budget remains on hold pending another round of federal stimulus money, which could also dictate how state lawmakers readdress the spending plan.


Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday he has put off formally accepting and reviewing a $93.2 billion budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year that was approved by the Legislature in March and is slated to take effect July 1.


DeSantis said he is awaiting action from Washington, D.C. on another stimulus package to address the national economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Along with needing to sign the budget before July 1, DeSantis has line-item veto power.


“Once I get a sense of what's going to happen in D.C., which they are going to do something I think for states this week, then I'll have to look at the budget and make those decisions at that time,” DeSantis said while addressing reporters at Lee Health Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers.


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