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DeSantis' Record First Budget Still Leaves Florida $5.4 Billion in Reserves

June 21, 2019 - 6:45pm
Following the budget-signing, the governor offers a post-mortem

Gov. Ron DeSantis used his line-item veto power to slash more than $131 million in proposed spending Friday as he signed a record $90.98 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Calling the package “fiscally responsible,” the freshman governor praised lawmakers for exceeding his request for spending on environmental projects and for a boost in per-student funding in public schools.

Backroom Briefing: Subpoena Adds to Gillum Questions

May 31, 2019 - 7:00am
Andrew Gillum

Questions continue to bounce around 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, as news broke Thursday that a federal grand jury wants information about his campaign and other issues including a charity and a wealthy donor.

The former Tallahassee mayor, who throughout last year’s gubernatorial campaign denied being a target of an FBI investigation into corruption in city government, is the “focal point of a recently issued” subpoena, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Details Remain Scarce on Israel Trip

May 22, 2019 - 9:00am
Ron DeSantis answers press questions Tuesday

The Florida Channel, the state-funded public affairs network, intends to have a crew in Israel as Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Cabinet members meet overseas.

But many details of the upcoming excursion of about 80 people, headed by DeSantis, remain unclear or under wraps. That includes whether Floridians will be able to watch live their elected officials hold a public meeting more than 6,000 miles from Tallahassee.

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