Governor DeSantis Presents Proposed Framework for Freedom Budget and More

Governor Ron DeSantis recently released his proposed Framework for Freedom Budget for Fiscal Year 2023-2024, which includes a $3.9 billion increase over the current year’s budget and $2 billion in tax relief for Florida families.[0] The budget also includes high-priority conservation items such as python eradication and control, as well as enhanced protections for manatees, sea turtles, and seagrass restoration.[0] Additionally, it includes support for law enforcement and realignment of priorities across state agencies.[1]

In addition to the budget proposal, DeSantis has made it clear that he is seeking to ban diversity, equity and inclusion programs, including critical race theory, at Florida colleges.[2] He has also proposed $100 million for the recruitment and retention of highly qualified faculty at state universities.[3]

DeSantis is also pushing to change the law so that death penalties in Florida no longer require a unanimous jury.[4] He has voiced his opinion that “maybe 8 out of 12” jurors should suffice.[5]

The Governor’s budget proposals and other initiatives will be presented to the Florida House and Senate for consideration during their Session beginning March 7th.[1] Despite the Governor’s recommendations, the Legislature ultimately determines the state budget for the year.[1]

Finally, Disney has made its first public statement this year about the Reedy Creek Improvement District, reiterating their commitment to providing a high-quality experience for guests who visit the resorts each year.[6]

0. “FWC: Governor Ron DeSantis’ Framework for Freedom Budget …”, 24 Feb. 2023,

1. “”The Framework for Freedom,” Governor Ron DeSantis’ State …”, 24 Feb. 2023,

2. “Trust & Verify: Gov. Ron DeSantis takes steps to ban diversity, equity …”, 24 Feb. 2023,

3. “Governor Ron DeSantis unveils higher education reform”, 24 Feb. 2023,

4. “Florida’s DeSantis announces crime-fighting initiatives | Florida …”, 24 Feb. 2023,

5. “Ron DeSantis wants to end unanimous jury for death penalty, thus …”, 24 Feb. 2023,

6. “Ron DeSantis would pick Disney World district board under new bill …”, 24 Feb. 2023,

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