It seems like, as Biden and Democrats make one bad move after another, Florida counters with a remedy. When ports in California were too backed up to let ships unload goods, Florida’s governor announced they had ports ready, 24-7.
When cops began to flee blue cities, thanks to the left’s “defund” movement, DeSantis encouraged them to move to his state. Initially, he offered bonuses to cops who transferred from outside the state to join Florida’s PDs. But that didn’t seem good enough to the Republican. Because he just outdid himself.
From Fox News:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday proposed a $400 million initiative to increase salaries and provide bonuses to law enforcement officers and other first responders across the state…
“While other states have turned their backs on law enforcement, even calling to ‘defund the police,’ in Florida we continue to support the men and women in law enforcement,” DeSantis said in a statement.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing for a $400 million increase in the salaries of law enforcement officers and first responders. The increases in pay (which include bonuses) will go to police, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and firefighters. This is on top of a $1,000 bonus DeSantis has fought to include for the last two years.
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This is a dramatic reversal of the policies we are seeing in numerous other states. West and East Coast states, largely Democrat-controlled, have fought to slash police officers’ budgets and salaries. Liberals have spread anti-police rhetoric across the country, turning law-abiding citizens against cops. The effect has been clear to see: a staggering rise in crime that includes roving gangs of looters.
Some cities have frantically tried to reverse course in recent months. City councils have tried to quietly increase police funding or cancel plans to slash PD budgets. But they need to do much more to catch up with DeSantis. He is going all-in to reward the hard-working men and women that keep his state safe.
This kind of move should do more than boost the morale of existing cops. It will also encourage police from other states to relocate ASAP. And it might inspire future generations to pick law enforcement as their career choice.