TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave his first State of the State address in a speech that focused on economic issues, the environment, education, public safety and government accountability.
Tuesday’s speech follows a whirlwind pace of policy announcements since DeSantis took office two months ago.
He’s stressed the need to address algae blooms, red tide and rising sea levels, proposed major changes to the education system and demanded that medical marijuana be more accessible.
DeSantis has enjoyed positive approval ratings since taking office as he’s pushed issues that transcend party politics. But he’s also stuck to conservative policy positions like opposing so-called sanctuary cities and pushing for an expansion of school vouchers.
The speech marks the beginning of the Legislature’s 60-day session.