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DeSantis Says Budget Review Underway While Visiting Macclenny

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of the regular 2021 legislative session on April 30.
Wilfredo Lee
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Associated Press
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of the regular 2021 legislative session on April 30.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he is continuing to review parts of a record $101.5 billion budget proposal as he prepares to sign it before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

“We’re going to be signing that budget, hopefully within the next couple weeks. There’s just a lot of provisions we have to go through. We’re working on it,” DeSantis said during a news conference at Baker County Middle School in Macclenny.

DeSantis teased the budget signing as he touted $1,000 bonuses for teachers and principals that were included in the spending plan approved by lawmakers last month.

The state plans to use $216 million in federal stimulus money to provide the bonuses. The governor said about 174,000 teachers and principals are expected to receive the one-time checks.

The bonuses will come on top of $550 million that lawmakers included in the budget to continue a plan to raise average minimum salaries for teachers. DeSantis, who has not formally received the budget from lawmakers, has line-item veto power.