Environmentalists Say DeSantis Should Give Credit To Biden Administration For Bolstering Florida’s Budget
Environmentalists say Governor Ron DeSantis needs to recognize the Biden Administration for its American Rescue Plan. Federal dollars from the plan are helping fund the governor's environmental initiatives.
Florida Conservation Voters' Aliki Moncrief says it's been a good year for the environment. That's because DeSantis is allocating $4.5 billion towards environmental initiatives. That includes tackling coastal and flooding resiliency, water quality improvements, and more. Moncrief says that Florida saw a boost of nearly $2 billion in environmental spending this year because of the American Rescue Plan.
"I think it's unfair for them to not credit the Biden administration for making this happen and the U.S. Congress for making this happen. I think the reason that they do that is because they are hyper-partisan," Moncrief says.
DeSantis vetoed nearly 6 million in water projects when approving this year's state budget. That includes drinking water system improvements, watershed restoration, and more. Moncrief says she's disappointed to see any funding for water projects get cut.
"That's been a focus of his administration, is the harmful algal blooms task force, making sure that we're tackling water quality problems, so it was a little bit surprising to see so many water projects vetoed this year," Moncrief says.
Moncrief says this year's water project veto list is light compared to last year. She says in 2020, DeSantis made about $48 million worth of vetoes to water projects.