Yesterday, the Governor released his Florida Families First budget proposal, which focuses on his investment in education and job creation as well as lowering the cost of living for Floridians. Within his budget are top-priority requests from our Department and we are proud of our role in achieving his goals for our state.
The Governor’s budget proposal includes one of the Department’s top budget priorities, approval to spend $444,796 in trust funds to provide increased support for the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board’s regulatory efforts. Approval of this budget request would protect the jobs of thousands of licensed Florida real estate appraisers. The Governor’s budget proposal also recommends the Department be granted authority to use $219,320 of federal forfeiture funds for equipment and training for the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. The funding comes from federal seizures and will enable the Division to purchase audio and video surveillance equipment, which will enhance law enforcement officer safety.
Additional authority has been recommended for $925,000 from trust funds to cover the Florida Building Code Compliance and Mitigation Program in the Florida Building Commission, which focuses on education for contractors and builders about mitigation of hurricane and storm-related damage. Lastly, the Governor’s budget proposals include the Department’s only general revenue request, which is approximately $515,824 to support the Florida State Boxing Commission. The Commission ensures that all professional boxing, kick boxing and mixed martial arts matches are conducted in accordance with provisions of state laws and rules, keeping Florida a competitive destination for this industry.
Through these budget proposals, the Department will continue to make great strides in efficiency making the interactions with our customers and stakeholders even more positive. We look forward to this Legislative Session and are proud to serve the people of the state of Florida!
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