Episode 375

Busted budget?


April 6th, 2021

19 mins 52 secs

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About this Episode

State economists are meeting to figure out how much money lawmakers will have to spend on the new budget (or not spend, as the case may be).

Also, on today’s Sunrise:

— Rep. Evan Jenne says Republican leaders have bent over backward to bail out business; he only wishes they cared as much about unincorporated people.

— The state reported 36 more fatalities Monday from COVID-19, with almost 3,500 new infections. Florida's vaccination program expanded and is now open to any adult regardless of age.

— COVID-19 is not the only crisis in Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency at the former Piney Point phosphate mine in Manatee County, and they're pumping as much water out of the reservoir as possible.

— The Pandemics and Public Emergencies Committee in the House will launch a formal investigation into the Piney Point breach.

— On Sunrise in Depth, a town hall meeting on marijuana … and not just the medicinal type. Sen. Jeff Brandes has filed a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but it won't be passing this year. Brandes and House sponsor Carlos Guillermo Smith have NOT been able to get a hearing on their bills this Session.

— We'll also have your calendar of events and the story of a Florida Man and Woman who face a combined total of 80 years — for allegedly defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program.