The New Sunshine Deal budget launch was a big success in Tallahassee
The New Sunshine Deal budget, the House Democrats alternative to Republicans budget, included a larger tax cut for working families than Governor Ron DeSantis’ proposal, calls for the expansion of Medicaid, a 13 percent pay raise for teachers and fully funded affordable-housing programs. You can read the full budget here and share these positive news stories below.
- WFSU: “Governor DeSantis’ budget allocates $335 million in tax cuts for families. The Democrats raise this to $525 million for what Representative Amy Mercado calls a working families tax rebate program.”
- GateHouse Media: “In their new deal, Democrats would use $524 million of this new money to finance a Working Families Tax Rebate program, similar to the federal earned income tax credit.”
- News Service of Florida: “The plan seeks a tax-rebate program for working families, expansion of Medicaid, a 13 percent pay raise for teachers and fully funded affordable-housing programs. The measure also seeks to provide a cut in the sales tax on commercial leases, which has long been a red-meat item for business groups.”
- Orlando Sentinel: “The ‘New Sunshine Deal’ would use about $524 million of those revenues to give low-income families an average $500 tax rebate. House Democratic Leader Kionne McGhee of Miami said the plan was designed to focus on working families that Republican leaders have ignored.”
- Florida Phoenix: “McGhee and other Democrats will have a chance to advance some of their spending proposals in the form of separate bills and amendments to other legislation. For instance, McGhee has a bill (HB 1411) that would create a state tax rebate program for low- to moderate-income working families. If the families meet the eligibility requirements of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit program, they would qualify for a state rebate in the range of $500 per year, he said.”