DeSantis: Florida teachers, principals to receive $1K bonuses

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — Florida teachers and principals will be receiving $1,000 bonuses, Gov. Ron DeSantis said.

The governor made the announcement Wednesday during a news conference at a The Garlic in New Smyrna Beach.

During the news conference, DeSantis also signed the state’s budget into law.

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The budget includes bonuses for law enforcement officers and first responders.

It also includes efforts to protect the environment and mental health initiatives for children.

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“I think there’s a lot of great stuff going on in the state of Florida, and I think the budget really reflects a state government that is meeting the core concerns of Floridians,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis vetoed more than $1 billion from the federal government meant for emergency preparedness.

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He also vetoed funding for the LGBT+ Center in Orlando and a project that would improve drinking water in Groveland.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.