Florida

Florida

Budget Cycle
Annual

Governor Submits Budget 
December or February
(30 days prior to session)


Fiscal Year Begins
July 1

Governor Signs Budget
April/May/June 

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FY2023 (enacted)
FY2023 (proposed)
FY2022 (enacted)
FY2021 (enacted)
FY2020 (enacted)
FY2019 (enacted)
FY2018 (enacted)

Proposed Budget - Fiscal Year 2023

On December 9, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis introduced a $99.7 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2023, a decrease of $1.99 billion or 1.96 percent from the current year budget. The general revenue portion of the budget totals $37.05 billion, an increase of $580.4 million or 1.6 percent over fiscal 2022. The general revenue ending balance at the time of the governor’s budget release is estimated at $10.8 billion in fiscal 2023 while all reserves combined would total $15.6 billion; the Budget Stabilization Fund is estimated at $3.0 billion. The budget includes $3.8 billion in provisions funded from the State Fiscal Recovery Fund, authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Recent general revenue estimates (recurring and non-recurring) have added $3.3 billion to projected current year collections and $700 million to fiscal year 2023 projected revenue collections. This increase is approximately $1.9 billion in additional revenue over what was included in the governor’s recommended budget.


Proposed Budget Highlights 

The proposed budget includes record funding for education, environmental resources, and law enforcement. In general, the budget includes $225 million to provide pay increases for state employees; other funding recommendations include:


Taxpayer Savings

  • $1 billion through a fuel tax holiday, reducing the tax motor fuel by $0.25 per gallon (funded by the State Fiscal Recovery Fund).
  • $57.4 million through a 7-day Freedom Week sales tax holiday covering certain outdoor recreation purchases.
  • $72.9 million through a 10-day Back-to-School sales tax holiday covering certain purchases of clothing, school supplies and computers.
  • $11 million through a 10-day Disaster Preparedness sales tax holiday covering items needed during disasters including generators up to $1,000.
  • $14.7 million through permanent elimination of fees charged for obtaining a state identification card.

Education
  • $600 million, an increase of $50 million, to continue efforts to raise the minimum K-12 teacher salary to $47,500 plus salary increases for veteran teachers and instructional personnel.
  • $23.9 billion in total funding for the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP), including increases for the Base Student Allocation ($124 per pupil), mental health allocation ($20 million), safe school initiatives ($30 million), and instructional materials ($21 million).
  • The budget does not include any tuition or fee increases for the state’s colleges and universities.

Environment
  • $980 million dedicated for Everglades restoration and protection of water resources.
  • $552 million for resiliency planning and coral reef protection. ($500 million funded by the State Fiscal Recovery Fund).
  • $50 million for beach nourishment to protect the state’s coastline.
  • $137 million for cleanup of contaminated sites, focused on promoting redevelopment.

Public Safety
  • $25 million in bonus payments for new law enforcement officers.
  • $210.8 million to provide salary increases across various public safety offices, including:
    • $124.2 million to increase the Department of Corrections’ base rate of pay to $20 per hour for Correctional Officers, Probation Officers, and Inspectors.
    • $11.2 million to increase the base rate of pay to $17 and $19 per hour for Department of Juvenile Justice Detention Officers and Probation Officers, respectively.
    • $32.5 million to give all entry level state sworn law enforcement a 20 percent increase.
    • $42.9 million to give all non-entry level state sworn law enforcement a 25 percent increase.
  • $5 million to develop a comprehensive prison modernization and position realignment analysis plus $20.7 million for correctional IT infrastructure and security.
  • $17.8 million and 12 FTE to improve staffing levels at the Department of Corrections plus $6.5 million and 18 FTE to make correctional facilities safer and $31.3 million and 43 FTE to improve inmate health and well-being.

State Fiscal Recovery Fund

  • $238 million for one-time $1,000 retention payments for eligible full-time teachers and principals.
  • $500 million for the Resilient Florida Grant Program.
  • $220 million for second round of relief payments of $1,000 for first responders.
  • $100 million for the Workforce Information System.
  • $100 million for the Rural Infrastructure Fund.