• DeSantis proposes $91B state budget; see how much he wants teachers to be paid


    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing a $91.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.

    The budget proposal released Monday is slightly more than the state’s current $91 billion spending plan.

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    The budget proposal includes more than $600 million to raise the minimum salary for teachers to $47,500, which DeSantis said will boost the pay for more than 101,000 teachers.

    It also proposes $75 million in grants to help make schools more secure.

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    DeSantis also proposes creating 549 new state jobs, while eliminating 141 positions, nearly all of which are currently vacant.

    The proposal is only a recommendation. The Legislature will approve a budget during the annual session that begins Jan. 14. DeSantis will then be able to veto individual items in the budget presented to him.

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