10 priorities for Governor Ron DeSantis
TALLAHASSEE — Governor Ron DeSantis recently released a $ 99.7 billion budget plan for the 2022 legislative session and touted a series of other proposals. Here are 10 of DeSantis’ priorities – big and small – for the session, which begins January 11:
* CRYPTO-CURRENCY: DeSantis has requested $ 700,000 for cryptocurrency projects from the Department of Highway and Motor Vehicle Safety, the Agency for Healthcare Administration and the Department of Financial Services. For example, a pilot program would allow people to pay for motor vehicle title certificates through Blockchain technology at the Ministry of Road and Motor Vehicle Safety.
* EXECUTION OF ELECTIONS: DeSantis is seeking $ 5.7 million for a 52-person Office of Election Crimes and Security within the State Department to investigate and prosecute election-related crimes.
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* FLORIDA STATE GUARD: DeSantis requested $ 5.4 million to re-establish a 200-member Florida State Guard, which was a defense force set up during World War II to replace members of the Florida National Guard deployed to the foreigner. It would be used to assist the National Guard in an emergency.
* FREEDOM TOUR: DeSantis has asked for $ 25 million to restore Miami’s Freedom Tower, which has been used in the past to treat Cuban refugees. Legislative proposals have already been tabled for the work on the almost century-old building.
* REDUCTION OF THE TAX ON GASOLINE: DeSantis wants to suspend the 25-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax for five months, effective July 1.
* HIRE AND KEEP COPS: DeSantis wants to increase salaries for Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers, offer second round of $ 1,000 bonuses to first responders, and provide $ 5,000 bonuses to help recruit law enforcement officers in Florida.
* IMMIGRATION REPRESSION: DeSantis has asked for $ 8 million to transport undocumented immigrants out of state, while calling on lawmakers to expand a 2019 law targeting “sanctuary cities” and a 2020 law that binds all government employers and some entrepreneurs to use a federal electronic system known as E-Verify to verify the immigration status of new workers.
* SNAKE HUNT: DeSantis wants $ 3 million as part of the state’s efforts to eradicate the invasive Burmese pythons, which threaten the wildlife and ecosystems of the Everglades.
* TEACHER BONUS: DeSantis wants to use $ 238 million in federal stimulus funds to give a second round of $ 1,000 bonuses to teachers and principals in an attempt to retain educators amid a continuing teacher shortage.
* REVISION TESTS: DeSantis wants to spend $ 15.5 million to implement a plan that would replace state-wide standardized testing known as Florida Standards Assessments with a progress tracking system.