We are at the “hurry up and wait” point of the legislative session.
The House and Senate have passed their respective versions of the budget, and conference on the budget has not begun.
Housing is fully funded in the Senate, but the House sweeps over $200 million from housing, and what it appropriates for housing is only on Hurricane Michael impacted counties. The House version excludes almost all of the state from both SHIP and SAIL funds.
This issue will be decided at the leadership levels—meaning Appropriation Chairs Representative Cummings; Senator Bradley; Speaker Oliva; and Senate President Galvano.
It is time to contact your Senator (find your Senator here) with this message: “Thank you for supporting full funding for Florida’s housing programs. Please ask Chair Bradley and President Galvano to hold firm to the Senate position in negotiations with the House.”
|Senate President Bill Galvano
(District 21- Manatee and partof Hillsborough)
District Office-(941) 741-3401
Tallahassee Office-(850) 487-5021
Appropriation Chair Senator Rob Bradley
On the House side, we have found that many members do not understand that their county is likely to receive NOTHING under the House plan.
It is time to contact your member of the House (find here) with this message: “The House budget proposes to sweep over 60% of Sadowski funds- and the only funds appropriated for SHIP and SAIL will be in Hurricane Michael impacted areas. This means our district will get zero housing funds. We need all the Sadowski Housing Trust Funds appropriated for housing. Please urge Chair Cummings and Speaker Oliva to use all the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund monies for housing.”
|House Speaker Jose Oliva
(District 110- part of Miami-Dade county)
District Office-(305) 364-3114
Tallahassee Office-(850) 717-5110
Appropriation ChairRep. Travis Cummings
Our editorial support remains strong— read Monday’s editorial from the Daytona Beach News Journal.
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