Bonuses coming in the summer for first responders

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis(The Florida Channel)
Published: May. 5, 2021 at 9:29 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (News Service of Florida) - Gov. Ron DeSantis said he expects distribution “throughout the summer” of $1,000 bonuses that will go to first responders across the state for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bonuses, funded with federal stimulus money, are tied to a record $101.5 billion state budget (SB 2500) that lawmakers approved last week.

The budget has not formally gone to DeSantis.

“Now the budget will need to be signed,” said Desantis during an event on Wednesday at the Temple Terrace Fire Department. “We’ll have to go through all the line items. It takes a little bit of time, there’s a lot of money at stake. But we will do that. And then once that budget is signed and the funds get released, we’re going to start getting these checks out.”

As part of budget talks, legislators set aside $208 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to provide money for state and local first responders, including law-enforcement officers, firefighters, correctional officers, and emergency medical technicians.

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