Proposed “Florida Leads” budget maintains focus on achieving more for Florida’s environment
Governor DeSantis released his Florida Leads budget proposal for fiscal year 2021-2022 today, with allocation to Florida’s environment remaining a top priority. That includes a continued commitment to investing in Everglades restoration and Florida’s water resources, which were appropriated $625 million for the year. That number adds to the $1.25 billion that’s already been allocated to the efforts in order to stay on track to meet the $2.5 billion over four years that he called for upon taking office in 2019.
When the State Legislature goes into session this March, the House & Senate will negotiate and pass a budget that will end up on the governor’s desk for a vote. Here are some of the highlights from the budget proposal:
Continued Funding for Everglades Restoration and Water Quality
- Over $473 million for Everglades restoration.
- $50 million for Springs restoration.
- $145 million for targeted water quality improvements.
- $40 million for alternative water supply.
- $25 million to combat harmful algal blooms and red tide.
Steps to Increase Resiliency
- $180 million added to the Resilient Florida program ($1 billion over four years).
Investments to Protect Florida’s Prized Properties
- $50 million for the Florida Forever Program to acquire land with a focus on protecting our water resources for Floridians and visitors.
- $32 million for infrastructure improvements and resource management at state parks.