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DeSantis signs $116.5 billion budget in Tampa

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Tampa on Wednesday to sign a $116.5 billion state budget (HB 5001) for fiscal year 2024- 25, boasting about providing “historic support” for education, transportation, conservation, and the environment, plus tax relief, while also taking credit for spending slightly fewer state funds than a year before.

There was $1.7 billion allocated towards water quality and $740 million for Everglades restoration.

“Gov. DeSantis has continued to fulfill the promises that he made to Floridians by advocating for and securing a budget that contains over $740 million for Everglades restoration, as well as funding for resiliency and statewide environmental efforts,” said Everglades Trust CEO Anna Upton in a press release.

Florida Phoenix: DeSantis signs $116.5 billion budget in Tampa