State budget now in Gov. DeSantis’ hands, giving him two weeks to make COVID-related cuts

Gov. Ron DeSantis has warned he'll use his line-item veto to make big cuts to the budget the Legislature has sent him. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Florida House and Senate on Wednesday sent the $93.2 billion state budget to Gov. Ron DeSantis, exactly two weeks before it is scheduled to take effect.

The budget was presented to DeSantis on Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. Now he’s free to apply his line-item veto against spending provisions approved by the Legislature.

DeSantis has made clear that large cuts are in store because of the damage done to state tax receipts by his efforts to mitigate the COVID pandemic. He also must take into account the prospects for an active hurricane season.

During a press conference Tuesday, DeSantis warned of a budgetary bloodletting that he compared to Game of Thrones’s infamous “Red Wedding” scene.

Also potentially on the chopping block is DeSantis’ $600 million plan to boost minimum teacher pay to $47,500.

“We want to, obviously, try to deliver as many of the priorities as we can. It’s just a situation where I created a budget under certain assumptions and conditions, the Legislature did a budget under certain assumptions and conditions,” the governor said at the press conference.

Danielle J. Brown
Danielle J. Brown is a 2018 graduate of Florida State University, majoring in English with a focus in editing, writing, and media. While at FSU, she served as an editorial intern for International Program’s annual magazine, Nomadic Noles. Last fall, she fulfilled another editorial internship with Rowland Publishing, where she wrote for the Tallahassee Magazine, Emerald Coast Magazine, and 850 Business Magazine. She was born and raised in Tallahassee and reviews community theater productions for the Tallahassee Democrat. She spends her downtime traveling to all corners of Florida and beyond to practice lindy hop.