Governor DeSantis Releases Proposed Framework for Freedom Budget, Includes Tax Relief & Other Conservation Items

On Wednesday, February 1, Governor Ron DeSantis released the proposed Fiscal 2023-2024 Framework for Freedom Budget, a $114.8 billion budget that includes tax relief and other high-priority conservation items such as eradication of pythons and other nonnative fish and wildlife species, enhanced protections for manatees and sea turtles, and support for law enforcement.[0] The budget also includes a $500 million Toll Relief Program, which began on January 1, 2023.[1] This has been estimated to save Florida families more than $224 million.[2]

The proposed Framework for Freedom Budget also includes savings for small businesses.[2] By e-filing taxes with the Department of Revenue, businesses and vendors can enjoy a saving of up to $30.[2] The budget proposes to double this savings to $60, which is estimated to save Florida businesses $141.4 million.[1]

In addition, Governor DeSantis is pushing to change the law so that death penalties in his state no longer require a unanimous jury.[3] This comes as he is also angling to ban diversity, equity and inclusion programs, including critical race theory, at Florida colleges.[4]

Disney has also made public comments about the proposed Reedy Creek Improvement District legislation, which could potentially have a major impact on their business.[5] Disney has stated that they remain committed to providing the highest quality experience for the millions of guests who visit each year, regardless of the outcome.[5]

The Legislature will make their final decisions on the budget during the Session that begins Tuesday, March 7th.[1] It is ultimately up to the Legislature to determine the state budget for the year.[1]

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

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3. “Florida’s DeSantis announces crime-fighting initiatives | Florida …”, 22 Feb. 2023,

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

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