The Florida House of Representatives passed an $89.9 billion budget on Thursday, April 4, that is scheduled to start in July. The budget would avoid raising taxes and is expected to reduce waste and cut spending. As such, Florida was able to maintain its ranking as No. 1 in the nation for fiscal health, according to a press release from House Majority Leader Dane Eagle.
Seven appropriation subcommittees were able to help pass the budget through their effort and discipline. The budget includes using taxpayer money with accountability while supporting concerns like education and natural resources, Appropriations Chair Travis Cummings mentioned in a statement after the House’s budget approval.
The budget aims to spend with purpose on the most vulnerable such as those impacted by Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle. In attempting to aid those affected by the hurricane, $50 million is put toward a grant recovery program, mentioned Cummings and Eagle.
With invasive algae blooms and red tide in the Everglades, $660.2 million is earmarked to battle this issue, according to the press release from Eagle. The intent of the allocation is to support the restoration of the wetlands while also protecting Florida’s water resources. An additional $50 million has been given to support beach restoration projects.
In anticipation of any uncertainties, $3.3 billion have been placed into reserves. The placement would allow the Florida government to also prioritize any of today’s needs while preparing for the unknown of tomorrow, mentioned Eagle in the press release.
“We now look forward to working with the Senate on our budget differences and any unmet needs,” Cummings said.