DeSantis, DEO secretary tout largest budget surplus in state history

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – Governor Ron DeSantis spoke with DEO Secretary Dane Eagle on Friday to discuss the state’s budget surplus, unemployment and several other hot topics facing Floridians such as: price increases when pumping gas.

DeSantis kicked off the press conference by touting record state budget surpluses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor said Florida’s 2021-2022 budget is “the largest budget surplus in our state’s history,” adding that the surplus will likely exceed $21 billion. “[We’re] now in a situation where we have never been in a stronger financial position in the history of the states. “

DeSantis also mentioned Florida’s recent unemployment numbers that in April alone, the state added 57,000 jobs.

That’s a 0.7% increase, more than double the growth for an entire country, DeSantis said.

Florida’s unemployment rate currently stands at 3%, well below the national average of 3.6%, the governor added. The numbers mark 17 consecutive months that Florida’s unemployment rate is lower than the national unemployment rate. DeSantis, DEO secretary tout largest budget surplus in state history

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