State budget signing day in Florida is like two combined holidays: Christmas for the interests whose funding was spared, and Halloween for the appropriations lobbyists and their clients who got the trick instead of the treat.
Gov. Ron DeSantis was in The Villages Thursday to sign the 2022-23 spending plan that with line-item vetoes now comes down to $109.9 billion.
DeSantis also claimed a new state record by axing out $3.1 billion in proposed expenditures, which he said was “to maintain Florida’s sound fiscal standing in the face of negative economic headwinds due to ill-conceived federal policies.” Indeed, the governor spent much of the press conference bashing President Joe Biden, even referring to him as “Brandon,” a stand-in term for cussing at the Democratic leader.
So when the slaughter of the red pen was over, whose golden calf made the cut and whose ox got gored? Here’s a few.
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