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SENATE DISCUSSES BUDGET FOCUSED ON EDUCATION, TAX RELIEF AND RESERVES

Unprecedented Education Funding, $500 Million in Tax Relief, Over $3 Billion in Reserves

Tallahassee — The Florida Senate today discussed House Bill 5001, Florida’s 2014-2015 balanced budget. An official vote on the House Bill 5001, the General Appropriations Act, will take place later Friday evening, following the conclusion of the 72-hour cooling off period.

“The General Appropriations Act proposed by our conference committees funds the critical needs of our state as well as strategic investments in our economy through enhanced funding for education, our transportation infrastructure, cultural and museum programs as well as funding to restore and preserve our environment, while also setting aside substantial savings for Florida’s future,” said Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville).

“The budget presented in the Senate today allocates funding to improve our child welfare system including significant increases in resources for child protective investigators and Florida’s community-based care agencies,” continued President Gaetz. “Funding to enhance services at Children’s Advocacy Centers, to facilitate the maximum current year expansion of the Guardian Ad Litem Program and to serve more Floridians on the Agency for Persons With Disabilities critical needs waiting list are all key components of Work Plan 2014, our joint House and Senate effort to protect Florida’s most vulnerable citizens. Additionally, this legislation rewards state universities that cement the link between education and jobs and allocates funding for increased student access to Career and Professional Education (CAPE) industry certification opportunities in order to advance the House and Senate efforts to expand economic opportunity through education.”

“Our proposed budget provides for $500 million in broad-based tax relief for hardworking Floridians while also setting aside more than $3 billion in reserves, totaling more than 10 percent of general revenue,” said Senator Negron (R-Stuart), chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

“The budget prepared by our conference committees invests an unprecedented amount of funding in K-12 education, increased student access and need-based opportunities across all levels of education, and enhanced funding for maintenance, repair and construction of education facilities across our state,” continued Senator Negron. “We also invested in Florida’s hard-working state employees. Through this legislation, our state court system employees and law enforcement officers will see a pay increases and the state will invest $586 million toward the unfunded actuarial liability of the Florida Retirement System.”

Overall Budget Summary:

Total Budget:  Estimated $77.1 billion [$27.9 billion General Revenue (GR); $49.2 billion Trust Fund (TF)].

Total Reserves: $3.1 billion

  • $1.35 billion Working Capital
  • $214.5 million Budget Stabilization Transfer (Fiscal Year 2014-2015 transfer)
  • $923.3 million Budget Stabilization Fund (Estimated June 30, 2014 balance based on anticipated transfers)
  • $607 million Lawton Chiles Endowment Fund (Estimated June 30, 2014 balance)

Total Reserves as a Percentage of General Revenue:  10.3 percent

State Employee Compensation and Benefits

  • Pay increase for State Court System employees: $8.1 million ($5.6 million GR; $2.5 million TF)
  • Pay increase for Assistant State Attorneys, Assistant Public Defenders and Assistant Regional Councils: $11.3 million ($9.5 million GR; $1.8 million TF)
  • Pay Increase for State Law Enforcement Officers: $11.1 million ($2.3 million GR; $8.8 million TF)

Education Capital Outlay

Total: $1.95 billion ($5.3 million GR, $539.6 million in PECO TF, $41.1 million in other TF, $1.36 billion TF in required debt service)

  •  Charter School Capital Outlay – $75 million PECO TF
  • Public School critical repairs and maintenance – $50 million PECO TF
  • Public School Special Facilities – $59.7 million  PECO TF and other TF
  • Florida College System projects – $107.5 million PECO TF
  • Florida College System repairs and maintenance – $15 million PECO TF
  • University System projects – $159.6 million PECO TF
  • University System repairs and maintenance – $57.6 million PECO TF
  • University funding for capital improvement fee projects – $41.1 million TF
  • University Lab School maintenance – $4.8 million
  • Public Broadcasting maintenance – $2.2 million
  • Vocational-Technical facilities – $3 million
  • School for the Deaf and Blind critical repairs and maintenance – $1.1 million PECO TF

Civil and Criminal Justice

Total Budget:  $4.66 billion ($3.87 billion GR; $787 million TF); 44,884.25 Full Time Equivalent (FTE)

  • Funds Guardian ad Litem staffing to support program’s plan to serve all children in dependency – $6.1 million GR, 105.5 FTE
  • Funds Children’s Advocacy Centers services, including medical team services – $3.5 million GR
  • Funds District Courts of Appeal critical maintenance and repairs, security enhancements, and partial construction of new DCA building – $10.7 million GR
  • Funds the Criminal Justice Estimating Conference’s (CJEC) prison population forecast for DOC in FY 2013-14 and FY 2014-15

Department of Legal Affairs 

Total: $204.8 million ($52.7 million GR; $152.1 million TF); 1,313.50 FTE

  • Criminal appeals workload  – $1 million GR, 10 FTE
  • Civil legal assistance to improve access to justice system – $2 million GR
  • Statewide prosecution – $522K GR, 2 FTE
  • Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Data Mining Initiative – $1.5 million GR

Department of Corrections

Total: $2.30 billion ($2.23 billion GR; $71.3 million TF); 23,729.00 FTE

  • Replacement of inmate transport vehicles – $500K GR
  • Restores critical salary lapse reductions in DOC’s institutions – $9 million GR
  • Officers to manage expected increase in inmate population – $22.3 million GR, 215 FTE
  • Support costs needed to operate DOC facilities to house additional inmates in FY 2014-15 – $17.4 million GR, 273 FTE
  • Electronic monitoring for work release inmates – $3 million GR
  • Automated time and attendance system for DOC facilities – $5 million GR
  • Additional 185 residential substance abuse beds – $3.3 million GR
  • Critical facility maintenance and repair – $5.3 million GR

Department of Law Enforcement

Total: $259.1 million ($98 million GR; $161.1 million TF); 1,769.00 FTE

  • Staffing for the increased workload in the firearm purchase verification program – $1.1 million TF, 18 FTE
  • Forensic equipment upgrade – $880K GR
  • Expand cybercrime capacity and capabilities – $925K, 9 FTE
  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Trust Fund shortfall – $3.9 million GR
  • Final phase of the Biometric Identification System (fingerprint records system) – $1.9 million TF

Department of Juvenile Justice

     Total:  $551.4 million ($395.8 million GR; $155.6 million TF); 3,265.50 FTE

  • Provides funds to  replace lost federal funds for behavioral health overlay and health services for non-secure residential programs – $18.2 million GR
  • PACE Center for Girls expansion – $2 million GR
  • CINS/FINS expansion in underserved areas – $3.4 million GR
  • Boys and Girls Clubs – $4.5 million GR
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters – $1.1 million GR
  • Critical facility maintenance and repair – $2.9 million GR

Supreme Court

Total:  $31.3 million ($12.6 million GR; $18.7 million TF); 272.50 FTE

  • Case processing support – $76K GR, 1 FTE

District Courts of Appeal

Total:  $54.6 million ($36.9 million GR; $17.8 million TF); 445.00 FTE

  • Three new DCA judgeships – $1.4 million GR, 12 FTE
  • Critical maintenance and repairs, security enhancements, and partial construction of new DCA building – $10.1 million GR

Trial Courts

Total:  $405.5 million ($329.4 million GR; $76.1 million TF); 3,595.00 FTE

  • Enhanced services at Children’s Advocacy Centers – $3.5 million GR
  • Post-adjudicatory drug court – $5.5 million GR
  • Veterans’ courts – $1.0 million GR

Justice Administrative Commission

Total:  $93.8 million ($92.9 million GR; $939K TF); 97.00 FTE

  • Staffing to improve timeliness of financial reporting and customer service – $203K GR, 3 FTE
  • Case management system – $375K GR
  • Flat fee increases to eight critical case types – $1.0 million GR

Guardian Ad Litem

Total:  $43.4 million ($43.1 million GR; $320K TF); 695.50 FTE

  • Staffing to support program’s plan to serve all children in dependency – $6.1 million GR, 105.5 FTE

State Attorneys

Total:  $425 million ($329.1 million GR; $95.9 TF); 6,079.25 FTE

  • Crimes against the elderly prosecution unit – $162K GR, 3 FTE
  • Drug diversion unit – $700K TF, 11 FTE

Public Defenders

Total:  $207.6 million ($172.2 million GR; $35.4 TF); 2,801.00 FTE

  • Cross circuit representation pilot project – $205K GR, 2 FTE

Capital Collateral Regional Councils

Total:  $8.9 million ($8.3 million GR; $609K TF); 82.00 FTE

  • Workload to address increased cases in CCRC-North – $387K GR, 3 FTE

Regional Conflict Counsel

Total:  $41.5 million ($40.5 million GR; $1.0 million TF); 413.00 FTE

  • Due process – $300K GR
  • IT infrastructure replacement – $230K GR

Education 

Total Appropriations:  $18.8 billion ($14.5 billion GR; $4.3 billion TF)

Total Funding – Including Local Revenues:  $29.8 billion ($18.8 billion state funds; $11 billion local)

Early Learning Services

Total: $1 billion ($555.6 million GR; $466.1 million TF)

  • Voluntary Prekindergarten Program – $396.1 million GR; $54 Increase in the BSA
  • School Readiness Program  – $625.6 million ($159.5 million GR; $466.1 million TF)

Public Schools/K12 FEFP

Total Funding: $18.9 billion ($10.7 billion state funds; $8.2 billion local)

  • FEFP Increase is $575 million or 3.14%
  • FEFP Increase in Funds per FTE is $176 or 2.61%
  • Enrollment Workload Increase – $54.5 million
  • Additional Funds for Florida Retirement System Adjustments – $46.2 million GR
  • No increase in millage
  • High School and Middle School Industry Certifications – additional $30 million
  • Digital Classrooms Allocation – $40 million
  • Extended Day Program for Intensive Reading Expanded to 300 Elementary Schools – $90 million
  • Funds for Dual Enrollment Instructional Materials – $10 million

Public Schools/K12 Non-FEFP

  • Mentoring Programs – $23.1 million GR
  • Programs to Enhance Schools and Instruction – $30 million GR
  • Florida Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts – $18.4 million GR
  • Superintendent’s Training – $500,000 GR; additional $500,000 for specialized training for student acceleration options
  • School District Matching Grants – $4.5 million GR
  • Florida School for the Deaf & Blind – $50 million ($45.4 million GR; $4.6 million TF)

District Workforce

Total: $538.5 million ($293.5 million GR; $196.1 million TF; $48.9 million tuition/fees)

  • Workforce Development – $369.5 million ($287.1 million GR, $82.4 million TF), all tech centers and adult education programs fully funded
  • CAPE Incentive Funds for Industry Certifications in Targeted Occupational Areas, including Health Science and Information Technology – $5 million GR

Florida College System

Total: $2.0 billion ($892.1 million GR; $254.9 million TF; $840.7 million tuition/fees)

  • Equalization Funding – $5 million GR
  • Compression Funding – $15.5 million GR
  • Florida Retirement System Adjustments – $4.8 million
  • GRAPE Incentive Funds for Industry Certifications in Targeted Occupational Areas, including Health Science and Information Technology – $5 million GR

State University System

Total: $4.4 billion ($2.2 billion GR; $289.9 million TF; $1.9 billion tuition/fees)

  • Performance Based Funding  – $200 million
    • $100 million new funds GR
    • $100 million reprioritization of base funds GR
  • Florida Retirement System Adjustments – $7.6 million GR
  • Plant Operations and Maintenance – $6.2 million
  • University Research Preeminence Increase – $10 million GR
  • Florida Institute for Child Welfare – $1 million

Private Colleges

Total: $160 million GR

  • Florida Resident Access Grant – Workload Increase and Student Award Level Increase for Legacy and Newly Eligible Institutions -  $22.7 million
  • ABLE Grant – Workload Increase and Student Award Level Increase -  $2.4 million GR
  • Embry Riddle – Career Academy Partnerships – $3 million GR
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities – $3.3 million additional funds GR

Student Financial Aid

Total: $476 million ($97.7 million GR, $378.3 million TF)

  • Florida Student Assistance Grant Increase – $15 million ($8.5 million GR; $6.4 million TF)
  • Children/Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans Workload Increase – $219,783
  • Florida National Merit Scholarship Incentive Program – $2.8 million GR
  • Need-based educational benefits to pay living expenses during semester breaks for active duty and honorably discharged members of the Armed Forces – $1 million
  • Rosewood Family Scholarship Program – Workload Increase and Award Level Increase – $196,747

Vocational Rehabilitation

Total: $250.4 million ($61.8 million GR, $188.6 million TF)

  • Additional funds to eliminate the program’s waiting lists for individuals with the most significant disabilities – $44 million ($16.9 million GR, $27 million TF)

Health and Human Services 

Total Budget: $31,877.9 million ($8,269.9 million GR; $23,608.1 million TF); 33,088.57 FTE

Agency for Health Care Administration

Total: $24,586.1 million ($5,478.3 million GR; $19,107.8 million TF); 1,644 FTE

  • Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program – $156.6 million TF
  • Personal Needs Allowance – $18.4 million GR; $21.8 million TF

(Individuals in Residential Care from $35 to $105 per month)  

Statement from President Gaetz on the 2014-15 State Budget Tripling the Personal Needs Allowance  

“For these vulnerable Floridians, $35 a month – $1.16 per day – is the only money they have at their personal discretion. This is the only money they have to call their children, send a birthday card to their grandchildren, buy a candy bar or get a haircut. We can do better, and through this budget we will.

“This appropriation has no special interests behind it, no lobbyists hired to advocate for it, and no campaign to pass it. The personal needs allowance is for our mothers and fathers, our grandparents and elders who built Florida and now look to us for basic decency that allows them to maintain their dignity.”

  • Long-Term Care Managed Care Waiver Program – $5.1 million GR; $7.5 million TF (approximately 823 individuals)
  • Private Duty Nursing Services Rate Increase 5%  – $2.2 million GR; $3.3  million TF
  • Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapies Rate Increase 5.3% – $4.0 million GR; $6 million TF
  • Medicaid Assistive Care Services Rate Increase – $3.4 million GR; 5.0 million TF
  • Pediatric Physician Fees Rate Increase – $3.4 million GR; 5.0 million TF
  • Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Centers (PPECs) Rate Increase – $1.6 million GR; $2.4 million TF

Department of Elder Affairs

Total: $294.6 million ($126.5 million GR; $168.1 million TF); 440.5 FTE

  • PACE Program– $5.3 million GR; $7.7 million TF (600 new slots)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Waitlist – $4 million GR (approximately 400 individuals)
  • Community Care for the Elderly Program – $5 million GR (approximately 901 individuals)
  • Local Elderly Meals and Community Based Programs – $5.3 million GR
  • Alzheimer’s Community Services – $1.7 million GR

Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Total: $1,153.5 million ($491.7 million GR; $661.8 million TF); 2,865.5 FTE

  • Transition Wait List Individuals to the Home and Community-Based Services Waiver (approximately 1,260 individuals)– $8.1 million GR, $11.9 million TF
  • Fair Hearings Workload – $2.3 million GR, $2.3 million TF
  • Supported Employment Services for Wait List Individuals – $.5 million GR
  • Adult Day Training 2% Provider Rate Increase – $.5 million GR; $.8 million TF
  • State Facilities Repairs and Maintenance – $2 million GR; $.6 million TF
  • Billy Joe Rish State Park Improvements – $1 million GR

Department of Children and Families

Total: $2,884.9 million ($1,641.7 million GR; $1,243.2 million TF); 11,863.5 FTE

  • Child Welfare System:
  • Child Protective Investigations Workload – 270 FTE; $16.1 million GR; 2.5 million TF
  • Sheriff’s Child Protective Investigations – $8.1 million GR
  • Community Based Care Agencies Services – $10 million GR
  • Healthy Families Program Expansion – $5 million GR
  • Family Intensive Treatment Teams – $5 million GR
  • Human Trafficking Victim Services – $3 million GR
  • Data Analytics and Information Sharing Initiative – $2 million GR
  • Maintenance Adoption Subsidies – $20.2 million GR, $8.5 million TF
  • Children’s Mental Health Community Action (CAT) Teams– $11.3 million GR
  • Substance Abuse Services for Pregnant Women – $10 million GR
  • Community Based Care Agencies – $1.3 million GR; $6 million TF
  • Medicaid Eligibility System Technology Improvements – $4.8 million TF
  • Adult Community Mental Health Funding – $4 million GR
  • Adult/Children Community Substance Abuse Funding – $3.6 million GR
  • Mental Health Transition Beds – $3 million GR
  • County Criminal Justice Mental Health Grant – $3 million GR
  • Domestic Violence Services – $2 million GR; $.5 million TF
  • Identity/Asset Verification Services – $3 million TF
  • Healthy Families Program Funding – $2 million GR
  • State Mental Health Treatment Facilities Repairs and Maintenance – $2.3 million TF

Department of Health

Total: $2,844.5 million ($520.9 million GR; $2,324 million TF); 15,171.57 FTE

  • Florida Cancer Center Funding – $35.9 million GR
  • County Health Departments and State Laboratories Fixed Capital Repairs – $5 million GR;

$13.8 million TF

  • Medical Quality Assurance Licensure and Enforcement Information Database (LEID) System Upgrade – $4.4 million TF
  • Early Steps Program – $3.6 million GR
  • Alzheimer’s Research – $3 million GR
  • Cancer Research Endowments – $2 million GR
  • Ounce of Prevention – $1.9 million GR
  • Waitlist for Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program Medicaid Waiver – $.2 million GR; $.4 million TF

Department of Veterans Affairs

Total: $114 million ($10.8 million GR; $103.2 million TF); 1,103.5 FTE

  • Construction of New State Veterans’ Nursing Home – $11 million TF
  • Maintenance and Repair of State Veterans’ Nursing Homes and Domiciliary – $7.8 million TF
  • Workforce Training Grant Program – $2 million GR
  • Entrepreneur Training Initiative – $1 million GR

General Government

Total Budget:  $5.4 billion ($794.7 million GR; $4.6 billion TF); 20,221 FTE

Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services 

Total: $ 1.5 billion ($185.1 million GR; $1.4 billion TF); 3,582 FTE

  • Wildfire Suppression Equipment $3 million GR
  • Citrus Research and Budwood Program $2 million GR and $4 million TF
  • Florida Agriculture Promotion Campaign $.4 million GR and $4 million TF
  • Hybrid Wetland Treatment Projects $10.5 million GR
  • Lake Okeechobee Restoration Projects $10 million GR
  • Agriculture Best Management Practices $8.4 million TF
  • Agriculture Livestock Markets, Pavilions, and Centers $3.3 million GR
  • Citrus Health Response Program $.1 million GR and $7.1 million TF
  • Rural and Family Lands Protection Program $5 million TF
  • Farm Share and Food Banks $2.5 million GR
  • Oyster Rehabilitation & Best Management Practices $7.7 million TF
  • Child Nutrition Program Grants $2.6 million TF
  • State Farmers’ Markets Maintenance and Repairs $.5 million GR and 1.4 million TF

Department of Business & Professional Regulation

Total: $147.5 million ($.4 million GR; $147.1 million TF); 1,616 FTE

  • Florida State Boxing Commission $.2 million GR
  • Visit Florida $.5 million TF
  • Unlicensed Activity Program 4 positions and $1.1 million TF
  • Pari-Mutuel Laboratory Equipment Replacement $.4 million TF

Department of Citrus

Total: $52.3 million ($.5 million GR; $51.8 million TF); 55 FTE

Department of Environmental Protection

Total: $1.6 billion ($285.8 million GR; $1.3 billion TF); 3,095 FTE

  • Beach Projects $25.4 million GR and $21.8 million TF
  • Springs Restoration $30 million GR (includes $5m in DACS)
  • Florida Keys Wastewater Treatment Plan $50 million TF
  • Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin $232 million GR & TF

(includes $4.2 million Water Projects for Loxahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers and $90 million in the FY 2014-2015 FDOT Work Program for Tamiami Trail)

Statement from Senator Negron Regarding Funding for the Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin 

“The problems caused by ongoing releases from Lake Okeechobee are a plague on the environment, our economy, and the health of our friends and neighbors, and I am pleased that the Senate and House came together to lay the groundwork for a resolution. The budget passed today exceeds the level of funding originally outlined in our Senate Select Committee Report.

“This critical funding will enable our communities – including those to the North, South, and West of the lake, to address short-term water management initiatives, while continuing to pursue long-term strategies. In addition to funding recommendations of the Senate Select Committee, lawmakers agreed to fund over $2 million for the Loxahatchee River Preservation Initiative as well as more than $2 million for the St. Lucie River  and Indian River Lagoon Issues Team. This summer, the Florida Senate will commission a study by the University of Florida Water Institute to evaluate basin wide water management policies and activities and identify options for additional state, federal and local action to improve water management, including alternatives to discharges from Lake Okeechobee.”

  • Florida Forever $10 million GR and $47.5 million TF
  • Petroleum Tanks Cleanup Program $110 million TF
  • Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) $9.4 million TF
  • Drinking Water & Wastewater Revolving Loan Programs $13.5 million GR and $225.2 million TF
  • Small County Wastewater Treatment Grants $21 million TF
  • State Parks Maintenance & Repairs $19.7 million TF
  • Local Parks $3.1 million GR and $.8 million TF
  • Nonmandatory Land Reclamation $4.2 million TF
  • Water Projects $88.5 million GR
  • Dispersed Water Storage $10 million GR
  • Water Management District Operations $5 million TF
  • Management of Conservation and Recreation Lands (CARL) $3m TF

Department of Financial Services

Total: $325.4 million ($23.3 million GR; $302.1 million TF); 2,613 FTE

  • Fire College and Arson Lab Repairs and Maintenance $3.5 million TF
  • Arson Lab Information System Replacement $.3 million TF
  • Florida Accounting & Information Resource (FLAIR) Replacement 22 positions and $9 million TF
  • Risk Management Information System $2.2 million TF
  • FSU Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center $1 million TF
  • FIU Public Hurricane Model and Wall of Wind $1.9 million TF

Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

Total: $361.3 million ($34.4 million GR; $329.9 million TF); 2,113 FTE

  • Boating Infrastructure and Improvement Program $.2 million TF and $5.1 million TF
  • Artificial Fishing Reef Construction $1.1 million GR and $.8 million TF
  • Lionfish Bounty, Outreach, and Control $.4 million GR and $.3 million TF
  • Invasive and Aquatic Plant Management $3 million TF
  • Florida Conservation and Technology Center $3 million GR
  • Red Tide Research $.6 million GR
  • Lake Restoration $6.4 million TF
  • Land Management and Improvements $2.8 million TF

Department of the Lottery

Total: $163.5 million TF; 420 FTE

  • Replacement of Motor Vehicles $.9 million TF

Department of Management Services

Total: $671.3 million ($49.7 million GR; $621.6 million TF); 1,312 FTE

  • Florida Facilities Pool Repairs and Maintenance $21.5 million GR and $8.2 million TF
  • Facilities Management System $4 million TF
  • Florida Interoperability Network and Mutual Aid $3.5 million GR
  • People First Procurement Assistance $.5 million TF
  • Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System Study $1 million TF
  • Non-FRS Pension Benefits $.2 million GR
  • Data Center Operations and Infrastructure $7.8 million ($2.1 million GR)
  • Florida Commission on Human Relations Relocation $.8 million GR
  • Public Employees Relations Commission Relocation $.3 million GR

Public Service Commission

Total: $25.2 million ($25.2 million TF); 283 FTE

Department of Revenue

Total: $559.4 million ($208.7 million GR; $350.7 million TF); 5,133 FTE

  • Fiscally Constrained Counties $23.5 million GR
  • One Stop Business Registration Portal $.8 million GR
  • Aerial Photography $.2 million

Transportation Tourism and Economic Development

Total Budget:  $12.17 billion ($207.96 million GR; $11.96 billion TF); 13,561.5 FTE

  • Transportation Work Program – $9.2 billion TF
  • Affordable Housing Programs – $167.7 million TF
  • Economic Development Incentive Programs – $71 million TF
  • Economic Development Partners (EFI, Visit Florida, Space Florida, etc.) – $118.9 million
  • Florida Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Positions – $3.5 million; 28 FTE
  • Library Grants and Assistance – $32.8 million GR
  • Cultural Programs, Grants and Facilities – $55.2 million GR
  • Historic Preservation Grants – $16.7 million GR
  • National Guard Tuition Assistance – $3.4 million

Department of Economic Opportunity 

Total:  $1.1 billion ($37.4 million GR; $1.1 billion TF); 1,619.5 FTE

  • Economic Development Partners – $118.9 million
  • Enterprise Florida (EFI) – $8.6 million TF
  • EFI – International Trade & Promotion – $6.8 million TF
  • Florida Sports Foundation – $4.5 million TF
  • VISIT Florida – $74 million TF
  • Space Florida – $19.5 million ($2 million GR; 17.5 million TF)
  • Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research – $5.5 million TF
  • Economic Development Incentive Programs – $71 million TF
  • Economic Development Projects and Initiatives – $13.9 million ($1 million GR; $12.9 million TF)
  • Quick Response Training – $12.1 million
  • Workforce Development Projects – $4.8 million ($1.2 million GR; $3.6 million TF)
  • Florida Defense Support Task Force – $3.5 million
  • Military Base Protection & Defense Infrastructure – $2.6 million
  • Affordable Housing Programs – $167.7 million
  • SHIP – $100 million ($96 million allocated to local governments; $4 million allocated for homeless programs through the Dept. of Children and Families)
  • State Housing Programs, including SAIL – $67.7 million (with $10 million allocated for competitive grants for housing for the disabled)
  • Community Planning – Technical Assistance to Local Governments – $1.6 million
  • Housing & Community Development Projects – $42.5 million ($26.7 million GR; $15.8 million TF)

Division of Emergency Management

Total: $230.6 million ($1.9 million GR; $228.7 million TF) 157.0 FTE

  • Federally Declared Disaster Funding (including state match) – $159.3 million TF

Department of State

Total:  $162.5 million ($132.4 million GR; $30.0 million TF) 408.0 FTE

  • State Aid to Libraries – $27.4 million GR ($22.3 million recurring)
  • Library Cooperative Grants – $2 million GR
  • State Touring Program – $200,000 GR
  • All Major Grant Program Approved Lists are fully funded:
  • Cultural & Museum Program Grants – $24. 1 million GR ($5 million is recurring)
  • Culture Builds Florida – Project Grants – $1.2 million GR
  • Cultural Endowment Grants – $6.9 million GR
  • Cultural Facilities Grants – $10.8 million GR
  • Historic Preservation Small Matching Grants – $1.8 million GR ($1.5 million is recurring)
  • Historic Preservation Special Category Grants – $14.3 million GR
  • Historic properties maintenance and repairs – $640,000 ($500,000 is recurring)

Department of Transportation

     Total:  $10.1 billion ($12.0 million GR, $10.1 billion TF) 6,504 FTE

  • Transportation Work Program – $9.2 billion TF
  • Highway Construction – $3.9 billion TF
  • County Transportation Programs – $158 million TF
  • Aviation Grants – $337 million TF
  • Seaport and Intermodal Development Grants – $ 184 million TF; $12 million GR
  • Public Transit and Rail Development – $9 million  TF
  • Coast to Coast Connector Trail – $26.5 million TF

Department of Military Affairs

Total:  $100.1 million ($24.2 million GR; $75.9 million TF); 459 FTE

  • Tuition Assistance for Florida National Guard – $3 million GR
  • Community Outreach Programs (Forward March and About Face) – $2 million GR
  • Armory Maintenance and Repair – $1.7 million GR (with an additional $12.5 million funded in SB 860, the “GI Bill”)
  • Camp Blanding Construction – Special Forces Headquarters – $2.5 million GR

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

     Total:  $435.5 million TF; 4,414 FTE

  • Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) –
  • 28 New FHP Law Enforcement Officers – $3.5 million TF
  • Replacement of 312 FHP Pursuit Vehicles – $9 million TF
  • Trooper Incidental and Court Overtime Pay – $2 million TF

For more information HB 5001, the 2014-15 General Appropriations Act, please visit www.flsenate.gov.

CONTACT: Katie Betta, (850) 487-5229, 
Britton Alexander, (850) 487-5184

 

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