Governor DeSantis Announces Proposed Fiscal 2023-2024 Framework for Freedom Budget and Ban on DEI Programs in Florida Colleges

On Wednesday, February 20th, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis released the proposed Fiscal 2023-2024 Framework for Freedom Budget, which solidifies his commitment to protecting Florida’s natural resources.[0] The budget includes high-priority conservation items such as eradication and control of nonnative fish and wildlife species, enhanced protections for manatees and sea turtles, and support for law enforcement.[0] Totaling $114.8 billion, the proposed budget is a $3.9 billion increase from the current year and includes $2 billion in tax cuts to provide relief to Florida families.

At a press conference on January 31st, 2023, in Bradenton, Florida, Governor DeSantis announced his plan to ban diversity, equity and inclusion programs, including critical race theory, at Florida colleges.[1] His comments have raised questions about what he knows about black history and the black experience, as he believes slavery and its aftermath should not be taught to Florida schoolchildren.[2]

Disney’s Walt Disney World Resort president Jeff Vahle has recently made comments regarding the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which Disney works under. Vahle stated that regardless of the outcome of the draft legislation, Disney remains committed to providing the highest quality experience for the millions of guests who visit each year.[3]

0. “FWC: Governor Ron DeSantis’ Framework for Freedom Budget …”, 22 Feb. 2023,

1. “New College students, faculty protest Gov. DeSantis’ changes to …”, 22 Feb. 2023,

2. “NBC Won’t Correct, Comment on Ron DeSantis Slavery Lie – OutKick”, 22 Feb. 2023,

3. “Ron DeSantis would pick Disney World district board under new bill …”, 22 Feb. 2023,

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