Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that bonuses between $1,000 to $5,000 will be given to qualified residents in the state this year.
Gov. Ron DeSantis Announced $1,000 Bonus
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that an amount of $1,000 bonus will be given this year to the nearly 100,000 first responders. This includes firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and law enforcement officers at the municipal and county levels.
This is the second of its kind. The first went out last year as a part of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s “Florida Essential First Responder Recognition Payment Program,” according to a published article in WUSF Public Media.
Moreover, the money for the bonus was funded by the federal government’s American Rescue Plan. the federal government allocated $350 billion to state, local and tribal governments across the U.S. to support the response to and recovery from the pandemic and Florida received $8.8 billion.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis Handed the Checks
Gov. Ron DeSantis handed the first batch of checks in August in Jacksonville, Florida to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. According to the report, the department received around $2.1 million.
Another incentive also includes $5,000 for police officers who decided to relocate to Florida. DeSantis said that the state set aside an amount of $15 million to increase the salaries f law enforcement officers in counties the state considers financially constrained.
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