DeSantis rejected $1 billion in federal funding, citing the government’s restrictions

Many on the “right” have searched for the path which took independent states, full of proud patriots, from autonomy to them consistently answering to a huge federal government.

There are a few states though whose governors have set themselves apart from their peers.

Republican Ron DeSantis has emerged as a mini-Trump to the praise of MAGA supporters and disdain of the angry Marxists on the left.

He just signed a $101.5 billion budget Wednesday after vetoing $1.5 billion, including $1 billion in federal money for an emergency response fund he said had strings attached that made it unusable.

The bill signing ceremony was held at a New Smyrna Beach restaurant and was used by DeSantis to boast about his response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying fully opening Florida to business early helped the economy rebound faster and stronger than expected.

“A lot of people were trying to tell me to close restaurants like this last summer. We didn’t do it. We kept business open, we got kids in school,” DeSantis said. “The result was our economy really started to rebound.”

Of the federal money rejected by DeSantis, $1 billion was supposed to go to an emergency response fund set up by the Legislature. DeSantis said that while he supports such a fund, the federal government set conditions on it that didn’t make sense for the state.

Part of it was because the money would come in the form of grants and the state would have to go through a normal bidding process to spend it.

“In an emergency situation, you don’t have the time to do the normal procurement. You’ve got to do this very quickly. It would defeat the purpose to try to use it for emergency response if you have to go through all that bureaucracy,” DeSantis said.

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