Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran tweeted out an explainer video on the House budget proposal on Tuesday afternoon, to raise awareness of it’s positives compared to it’s bigger State Senate Alternative.
The “Public Guide to the House Budget” begins by emphasizing no new taxes, before rolling into an increasing in the Homestead Exemption amount and adding to reserves and surplus funds. It promotes funding for “agencies” that work, taking a jab at embattled economic programs like Enterprise Florida and VISIT Florida, which the House is currently at war with Governor Rick Scott over, while promising dollars for charter schools and adding more scientist to fight Zika while giving state law enforcement officers a raise.
“The People’s House produced the People’s budget.” says the video “Prudent, balanced, and accountable.”
The house budget passed last week was $81.2 billion dollars compared to the $85.1 billion dollar proposal passed by the senate. Some major differences include using rising property values to collect more funding for schools, more special projects for members, and dollars for health care which could see more relief after Governor Rick Scott announced the state would receive $1.5 billion dollars for low income pool patients. Both sides are expected to hammer out differences as the second half of the legislative session moves into it’s homestretch.
You can watch the video below…