Gov. DeSantis Proposes Framework for Freedom Budget and More

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis released the proposed Fiscal 2023-2024 Framework for Freedom Budget, a $3.9 billion increase over the current year $110.9 billion budget.[0] This new budget is evidence of DeSantis’ commitment to protect Florida’s natural resources while also providing K-12 educational support, environmental resource protection, law enforcement support, and cutting taxes by $2 billion to provide relief to Florida families.[0]

DeSantis’s Framework for Freedom Budget proposes a realignment of priorities across state agencies, reducing excess vacant positions to accommodate the additions of new positions for critical programs and services where they are needed.[1] In addition, the budget includes $500 million for the Toll Relief Program, which began on January 1, 2023.[1]

In addition to the budget proposals, DeSantis has also sought to change the law so that death penalties in Florida no longer require a unanimous jury.[2] He has also announced a ban on diversity, equity and inclusion programs, including critical race theory, at Florida colleges, with $100 million allocated for the recruitment and retention of highly qualified faculty at state universities.[3]

Finally, DeSantis and his wife, first lady Casey DeSantis, recently made news when it was announced that Casey had been diagnosed with breast cancer.[4] The Governor expressed his support for his wife and her courage in facing this difficult diagnosis.

0. “FWC: Governor Ron DeSantis’ Framework for Freedom Budget …”, 23 Feb. 2023,

1. “”The Framework for Freedom,” Governor Ron DeSantis’ State …”, 23 Feb. 2023,

2. “Florida’s DeSantis announces crime-fighting initiatives | Florida …”, 23 Feb. 2023,

3. “New College students, faculty protest Gov. DeSantis’ changes to …”, 23 Feb. 2023,

4. “Florida first lady Casey DeSantis diagnosed with breast cancer, Gov …”, 23 Feb. 2023,

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