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DeSantis Approves Majority Of North Florida Projects In Budget

Florida Politics-Democrats
Phil Sears
In this Tuesday, March 1, 2021 file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis fist bumps with legislators as he enters the House of Representatives prior to his State of the State address at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Democrats hope to make deeper strides in changing their fortunes in a state that has become friendlier place for Republicans. The state's only Democrat in statewide office, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is contemplating a challenge to Republican Gov. DeSantis.

Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed over $1.5 billion worth of projects from the proposed budget. However, in North Florida majority of the projects were funded. North Florida Sen. Loranne Ausley (D-Tallahassee) says she is thankful that the smaller counties she serves were able to receive the funding they’ve needed for years.

"Calhoun County received 19 million dollars in special facilities funding to start rebuilding their schools after Hurricane Michael which is desperately needed," Ausley said.

Other projects funded include the Gadsden County Mobile Health Unit, as well as a new fire truck for Liberty County.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.