In a budget plan announced Tuesday, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis suggested that Florida cut more than 1,000 state jobs. The plan would cut the current budget by more than $4.6 billion while keeping popular sales tax breaks.
The proposed budget by DeSantis is $114.4 billion. The presidential candidate’s announcement of his budget was made at a news conference on Marco Island, southwest Florida, rather than the state Capitol, which is an unusual move for most years.
Rather than outlining the specific positions he wants eliminated, DeSantis focused on reminiscing about previous successes and bemoaning the decision to not include the unbeaten Florida State University Seminoles in the NCAA football playoffs.
Despite approving the budget months before the College Football Playoff committee decides on the champion, DeSantis has stated that he is requesting $1 million to allow FSU to sue them.
“I have first-graders, fifth-graders, and a preschooler who are all huge Florida State football fans and who do the tomahawk chop, and they were not happy,” DeSantis explained.
“We will reserve $1 million and accept whatever comes our way.”
More than a billion dollars in tax savings are on DeSantis’s wish list, along with the continuation of sales tax holidays for educational materials, disaster relief, and leisure pursuits.
DeSantis’s proposal will be presented to the Legislature as a suggestion when it starts its annual session next month. After reaching a budget plan agreement, the Legislature will give DeSantis the ability to veto particular items.