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• Governor Ron DeSantis has released his $91.3 billion budget proposal for the Florida Legislature to consider when its session begins next month. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says he finds a lot to like in the governor’s proposed 2019 budget…for both what it does include, and what it does not include. Read More »
• Arts funding from the state of Florida has gone down in the past four years. In 2015, the Legislature earmarked $43 million for cultural grants. Just three years later, in 2018, funding slid to $24 million. And that decrease by almost half is alarming – until you look at the 2019 budget. Then you see that slow downward drift plummet off a cliff. The most recent state budget is the highest in Florida’s history. It’s $88.7 billion (with a B). And for the arts and cultural grants program, our lawmakers have set aside: $2.6 million. Not $26 million, which would be a small increase over last year. No, the state has slashed funding by 90 percent. Another way of putting … Read More »
• Last Friday lawmakers struck last-minute deals on schools, roads, tourism and water to bring a bumpy special session to an end and pass an $81 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says if he had to grade it, he’d give it a D+. Read More »
• Economic analyst Hank Fishkind has been looking at President Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, which starts October 1st, and assessing its potential impact on Florida’s economy. Read More »
• Governor Rick Scott wanted more money for public schools than he got from lawmakers in the budget. School District superintendents aren’t happy with the education bill either. On today’s program: who likes the education bill, who doesn’t and what it means for public schools. Read More »
• State lawmakers are already taking up parts of Gov. Rick Scott’s $83.5 billion proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1st. The plan emphasizes tax cuts to promote job growth. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind shares his views on the proposal. Read More »
• Orlando parks and emergency services would receive more funding next fiscal year under the proposed city budget. Commissioners will take a first look at the plan Thursday and hear from the public. Read More »