Governor Ron DeSantis delivered his annual State of the State address on Tuesday, highlighting Florida’s accomplishments over the past year.
During his speech, the governor reported on the numerous achievements made by the Florida legislature last session, including the near historic unemployment rate, the public university system being ranked #1 in the nation, and a 50-year low in crime rate.
“It brings me great satisfaction to report on the promising prospects of our public affairs and to commend the members of the House and Senate for your efforts to make Florida successful,” DeSantis said in his speech on Tuesday.
DeSantis also turned his attention to the future, focusing on 2020 agenda that includes lowering taxes, allocating more than $625 million for water resources and Everglades projects, raising the minimum salary for teachers to $47,500, resuming the fight against fraud and abuse from bad actors in the insurance industry, and continuing to make hurricane recovery in Northwest Florida a top priority.
“Well, in this season of opportunity, we can say there is more out there to achieve for our state – and there is no reason why we can’t seize this moment and deliver for the people of Florida.”
DeSantis’ speech was met with numerous applause on the floor, but not everyone was impressed with his outlook for the 2020 legislative session. Here are some of the biggest reactions from the governor’s address.
— Florida Chamber (@FlChamber) January 14, 2020
— Florida Democrats (@FlaDems) January 14, 2020
We want to thank @GovRonDeSantis for highlighting the need for lawsuit reform in #Florida during his #StateOfTheState Address. #SmallBusiness owners agree the legal system “is not a game.” @NFIB #tortreform https://t.co/o7TrZ0U4e8
— NFIB Florida (@nfib_fl) January 14, 2020
So far the solutions offered by @GovRonDesantis are the same “solutions” that have been offered for the past two decades: Further encroachment on local control and the 7th bonus program in 14 years. You can’t fix the problem with the same policies that created it.
— Fedrick Ingram (@fedingram) January 14, 2020
Great State of the State Address from our @GovRonDeSantis to kick off the 2020 Legislative Session!
Looking forward to a productive session as we work with Florida lawmakers to build a #StrongerSaferFlorida 💪
— AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody) January 14, 2020
— Capital Soup (@CapitalSoup) January 14, 2020
I agree @GovRonDeSantis Let’s get occupational reform across the goal line this year! Let’s make it easier for working Floridians that want to better their lives and support their families.
— HalseyBeshears (@HalseyBeshears) January 14, 2020
Joe Biden’s response to DeSantis’ State of the State: “While Florida Republicans draw battle lines that advance the failed policies of Donald Trump, Florida Democrats are laying out a bold, winning agenda that will ensure working families thrive and that we win here in November.”
— Skyler Swisher (@SkylerSwisher) January 14, 2020
Also weighing in, by press release:
“Governor DeSantis has delivered on his bold vision for Florida, strengthening our economy, environment, health care and infrastructure system, to name a few. We look forward to working with him and leaders in the Senate and House to continue to make Florida the No.1 state to do business by expanding the horizon on STEMM talent development, lowering taxes, and investing in our state’s infrastructure needs and natural resources. We support his enthusiasm for manufacturing and aerospace growth in the state.”
–Associated Industries of Florida
For the governor’s full address, click here.