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Gov. DeSantis announces 'Florida Leads' budget proposal for 2021-22

He made the announcement Thursday morning at the state Capitol.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke Thursday morning at Florida's Capitol in Tallahassee.

The governor unveiled his budget proposal for the fiscal year of 2021-2022, dubbed "Florida Leads." You can get the full details about the proposal here.

The governor said the total budget recommendation is $96.6 billion, an increase of $4.3 billion over the current fiscal year. However, the governor's office says $2.6 billion of the increase accounts for "various expenditures" related to the state's ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response.

The governor's office says highlights of the proposed budget include a focus on education, the environment, economic development, health and human services, public safety, transportation and infrastructure, military and military family support and cybersecurity. 

Over the past few weeks, DeSantis has been making stops across the state -- announcing an expanded partnership with Publix pharmacies in administering COVID-19 vaccinations to Florida seniors. A total of 261 Publix stores in 20 counties currently offer vaccinations, although appointment slots fill up fast. You can get more information here.

On Wednesday, DeSantis announced communities throughout the state would be getting COVID-19 vaccination pop-up sites. He made the announcement right here in Tampa Bay as one opened in Sun City Center. This, in an effort to continue expanding vaccination options to seniors. 

Watch the governor's budget proposal here:

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