Governor DeSantis pledges $1 billion to protect Florida from the effects of climate change

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.

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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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