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Florida Democrats Introduce The New Sunshine Deal In Response to Governor Ron DeSantis’ Budget

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Florida House Democrats introduced the so-called  New Sunshine Deal in the Capitol today. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Florida House Democrats introduced the so-called  New Sunshine Deal in the Capitol today. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Florida House Democrats introduced The New Sunshine Deal in the Capitol on Wednesday. If it passes, they say it would generate $1.8 billion dollars in tax reform that could be reinvested in social programs.

House Democratic Leader Kionne McGhee says some of those programs would make public housing, education, and healthcare more accessible to families in the state.

And he expects bipartisan support for items similar to one’s on DeSantis’ original budget like funding for recovery efforts in the parts of the Panhandle hit by Hurricane Michael.

“That is something that is very doable and we could do anytime and would benefit our brothers and sisters who are over there and would benefit from that to reform that area.”

But Florida TaxWatch’s Vice President Kurt Wenner says tax reform items on the budget like the $548 million dollar Working Class Family Rebate Program might be a harder sell. 

“This is a very tight budget bill and half a billion dollars for this program would be hard to fit into the budget. They do offer some revenue enhancement ideas but the biggest ones might not have chance this session.”

Democrats say the budget could result in a $700 million dollar increase in the state’s reserves. The budget comes a day after the new legislative session began. 

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