Governor DeSantis’ Proposed Framework for Freedom Budget: Tax Cuts and Toll Relief, Plus a Focus on Public Safety and Appreciation of African American History

On Wednesday, February 1, Governor Ron DeSantis released his proposed Framework for Freedom Budget for fiscal year 2023-2024, which includes high-priority conservation items such as eradicating and controlling non-native species, increased protection for Florida’s wildlife, and support for law enforcement.[0] The budget proposes cutting taxes by $2 billion, as well as a $500 million Toll Relief Program.[1] This budget marks Governor DeSantis’ continued commitment to ensuring Florida’s natural resources and public safety for future generations.[0]

Recently, Governor DeSantis has also come under fire for his proposed ban on diversity, equity and inclusion programs, including critical race theory, at Florida colleges.[2] DeSantis has been praised by the Republican Party for his “bold policy agenda,” which he has framed as a “Freedom Blueprint.” He has expressed the importance of public safety as the foundation for a successful economy and education system, a sentiment that many Floridians echo.

The history of African Americans is an important part of our collective American history, and is often left out of the narrative. This includes the history of African peoples before the political conflicts that led to the development of slavery, as well as the history and contributions of Americans of the African diaspora to society. As the conversation on diversity, equity, inclusion, and public safety continues, it is important to recognize the importance of understanding and appreciating the history of African Americans, and the contributions they have made to our nation.

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

1. “”The Framework for Freedom,” Governor Ron DeSantis’ State …”, 22 Feb. 2023,

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

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