Florida News – Highlights from around the state – March 26th

Florida News – Highlights from around the state – March 26th

Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida. 

  • President Trump declared Florida a “Major Disaster” at the request of Governor DeSantis and Senator’s Rubio & Scott. The declaration opens up direct FEMA assistance for state agencies, local governments and non-profits. 
  • Broward school Superintendent Robert Runcie set expectations for a remote remainder of the current school year. He said final decisions haven’t been made but it’s unlikely any schools could be reopened in April at a minimum. 
  • Publix will begin installing Plexiglass barriers for all areas in which employees directly interact with customers (checkouts, customer service, pharmacy, etc.), to help protect employees and customers. 
  • Florida’s taxpayer ROI currently ranks 3rd nationally according to WalletHub. The study compared the quality of services received compared to the average tax liability per household. Florida’s highest category of ROI was in education. 
  • Flordia’s budget is taking a huge hit. According to the Florida Department of Revenue, 20% of the state’s revenue is derived from industries that are completely shut down currently – like movie theaters, theme parks, sporting events and hotels. That doesn’t factor in industries with limited operations like restaurants. It’s likely the recently released budget will face significant cuts by Governor DeSantis before signing it into law.

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