Governor DeSantis pledges $1 billion to protect Florida from the effects of climate change
Naples, Florida. — Governor Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced more of his budget priorities for next year, including a pledge to allocate more than $1 billion to Florida resilience efforts.
DeSantis said the money will be available through Resilient Florida, a program the governor put in place earlier this year and aims to prepare communities for the effects of climate change. DeSantis said the $1 billion price tag is an increase of $550 million over this year’s spending.
“I think this will make us better able to deal with some extreme weather and help deal with floods, all these other things that I think are really important,” DeSantis said during a press conference in Naples.
Other environmental budget priorities announced by DeSantis include:
$660 million for Everglades restoration projects
$50 Million Florida Springs Restoration
$35 million to combat harmful algal blooms
Funds to improve water quality, alternative water supply
Last week, DeSantis unveiled comprehensive education proposals for next year’s budget that would include millions of dollars to increase teachers along with $1,000 bonuses for Florida teachers and administrators.
The Republican governor will present his budget priorities to the Republican-led legislature when the regular session begins next year.
He plans to release the rest of the budget proposals in December.
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