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DeSantis wants bonuses for first responders

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Sworn law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) would get a one-time $1,000 for working during the COVID-19 pandemic under a plan proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Revenue for the bonuses would be derived from federal funds awarded to Florida under the COVID-19 Relief Bill.

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We don’t know exactly how much we’re going to get because it is tied to unemployment, but we expect it to be between $9 and 10 billion,” DeSantis said during a press conference in Tallahassee on March 16.

The bonuses, which will be made one-time cash payouts, recognize the performance of Florida’s first responders during the pandemic.

We know that the pandemic put an awful lot of strain on our first responders – sworn law enforcement, EMTs, firefighters,” DeSantis said. “We believe we should recognize their sacrifice over the last year.”

All told, the bonus payments will total about $208.4 million and be administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and “other agencies,” he said.

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Exactly how much of that bonus revenue will fall to first responders in Hernando County is still uncertain.

 

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