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Gov. DeSantis: State employee pay raises, funding for panic alarms in schools still included in 2020-21 budget

Posted at 1:29 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 14:42:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A pay raise for state workers and funding for a law that will put digital panic alarms in Florida's public schools has been included in the state's 2020-21 budget, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis confirmed the news during a press conference in Tallahassee on Monday.

While cuts included $550 million from governor's own budget plan, including $20 million for the Job Growth Grant Fund, raises for state workers will stand.

Gov. DeSantis said his goal was to safeguard historic achievements while realizing historic savings." The vetos approved by DeSantis total more than a billion, taking the budget down to $92.2 billion.

DeSantis also said that the $8 million appropriated for Alyssa's Law was approved, paving the way for a digital panic alarm system to be installed in Florida's public schools. Under the new law, teachers will have a fast connection to first responders in emergencies.

Water restoration will also still be funded with $625 million going to various projects across the state, including the Florida Everglades.

This is a developing news story. We will update this story once we receive more details about what all the 2020-21 budget entails.