- Stimulus Checks: Direct payments of $1,400 for more than 11.5 million Floridians
- Jobs: 263,800 new, good-paying jobs in Florida
- Wage Growth: Average hourly earnings growth of $0.71 for Floridians
- Shots in Arms: More than $150 billion in funding for vaccine distribution, COVID testing, PPE, and other measures to fight the virus. As a result, more than 74% of Floridians have been vaccinated in the past year.
- Child Tax Credit: 3.8 million Florida children benefiting from thousands of dollars in tax cuts for their families
- Lower Healthcare Costs: An average monthly reduction of $611 in Affordable Care Act health care premiums for a family of four
- Paid Leave: Emergency paid leave for more than 100 million Americans
- Relief for Small Businesses: Tens of billions of dollars in financial assistance for restaurants, bars, nonprofits, community organizations, music and performance venues, self-employed workers, and other small businesses to keep workers on payroll.
- State and Local Government Relief: $350 billion to help state and local governments reduce deficits and budget shortfalls.
- School Re-openings: $170 billion to help schools, from kindergarten through college, safely reopen and counteract pandemic-related learning loss.
- Housing Assistance: Almost $50 billion to help people pay their rent and utilities, reduce evictions, avoid mortgage payment defaults, and find housing for at-risk communities.
- Higher Education Funding: $2.4 billion for Florida’s colleges and universities, including $163 million for Florida community colleges and $156 million for Florida HBCUs
- Public Transportation: More than $50 billion for public transit, airlines, airports, and Amtrak, keeping essential frontline workers on payroll and laying the foundation for record transportation investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
- Farmer Assistance: $4 billion toward debt forgiveness for struggling farmers and food producers, along with billions more for food distribution to disadvantaged communities and at-risk groups.
Of course, Governor DeSantis initially objected too, but then took all the money as his own and is using it to pad his 2022 FL budget with all kinds of goodies to aid his re-election campaign. Do not be fooled into believing he or his Republican cronies brought us relief out of the goodness of their steely hearts!
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