By Eric Daugherty
PENSACOLA (FCV) – Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced in a press release a military budget proposal to “guard Florida’s future.”
The new proposal includes more than $100 million in funding for the Florida National Guard. It will establish the Florida State Guard, a civilian volunteer force that assists the Florida National Guard.
The money will go to expanding readiness centers, armory maintenance, and benefits for Florida National Guard members.
The potentially resurrected Florida State Guard has one key advantage: it is only beholden to the Governor. The federal government has no authority over the Florida State Guard.
“We are proud of our veterans and active-duty military members and proud of what our communities do to support them,” DeSantis remarked.
“As a veteran, I really appreciate what everyone who wears the uniform does in our state and am excited about these proposals.”
The increased funding will increase the overall security of Florida, especially in cases of hurricanes and natural disasters.
December 2, 2021 Updated 4:06 P.M. ET
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