Ron DeSantis in 2024 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Budget & Economy: We've reduced debt by embracing smaller government

We are able to reduce debt because we have been fiscally responsible but also because we have embraced smaller government. Florida has the lowest number of state employees per capita at 96 per 10,000 (82 full time), and the lowest cost per state resident at $40. This year, my budget proposal reduces the budget by $4 billion from the previous year, placing $16.3 billion in reserves and paying down another $455 million in state debt ahead of schedule.

I am proposing that we return $1.1 billion to the people through sweeping tax cuts that will provide even more relief to families, individuals, and retirees just trying to get by during these uncertain times. Let's reduce the cost of homeowners insurance, continue our record-setting sales tax holidays, and provide permanent tax relief for small businesses. We can take what is already one of the lowest per-capita tax burdens in the country and make our taxes even lower.

Source: 2024 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature Jan 9, 2024

On Civil Rights: We've eliminated so-called DEI from our public universities

We reject the modern trend of universities that subordinate high academic standards in favor of promoting an ideological agenda. To this end, we have eliminated so-called DEI from our public universities. DEI is a highly-ideological agenda--in practice it stands for discrimination, exclusion and indoctrination--and it has no place in our public universities.

We have also overhauled faculty hiring to avoid ideological litmus tests and required all tenured professors to undergo review every five years so poor performers can be terminated. The reforms instituted have transformed the college from an outpost of ideological indoctrination into an institution rooted in truth. We have ensured that higher education in Florida is affordable--freezing tuition for the past decade. We also have supported Bright Futures scholarships that make it even more affordable for our top students.

Source: 2024 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature Jan 9, 2024

On Families & Children: We lead the nation in protecting the rights of parents

We lead the nation in school choice. Last session, under the leadership of Speaker Renner, we enacted the largest expansion of school choice in American history. Florida has close to 1.5 million students enrolled full-time in various choice programs-- from private scholarships to charter schools to choice options within school districts.

We also lead the nation in protecting the rights of parents. School systems are important, but they exist to serve the students, parents and the community, not to supersede the rights of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children. We were one of the first states to enact a Parents' Bill of Rights and curriculum transparency.

We protected women's sports--as the father of two daughters I think it is important that they have the opportunity to compete with fairness and integrity. We protected our children from indoctrination and sexualized curriculum, and we stood up for parents against the woke mob

Source: 2024 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature Jan 9, 2024

On Immigration: Every state now a border state--Florida is fighting back!

Since President Biden won't stop the flow of illegal immigrants and dangerous drugs across the border, Florida has been forced to pick up the slack. We've now sent over 100 Florida State Troopers and dozens of FWC officers to help Texas with border operations, banned sanctuary cities, and instituted policies to deter illegal immigration into our state. The Biden Border Crisis has made every state a border state--and Florida is fighting back!
Source: 2024 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature Jan 9, 2024

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