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CFO Jimmy Patronis: $58 Million in Safety Funding Must Go to Florida Schools


For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 30, 2018
Contact: Anna Alexopoulos Farrar, 850.413.2842,

CFO Jimmy Patronis: $58 Million in Safety Funding Must Go to Florida Schools

In response to Gov. Rick Scott’s letter to the legislature urging the Florida House and Senate to send the remaining $58 million from the guardian program to the Legislative Budget Commission so school districts can access these dollars for safety measures, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis released the following statement:
“The Florida legislature should move quickly on Gov. Scott’s request to ensure Florida schools can get the funding they need to protect our kids. As a father of two young children, this is especially important to me. As soon as this money is allocated by the Florida legislature to the school districts, my office will expedite the payments.
“These dollars should go to our schools so they can implement safety measures including hiring more school police officers. Our school districts, many of which are short on public safety resources, can make the quickest use of this money with the school year having already started. If this money is not allocated to the school districts, they will not be able to use the remaining $58 million this school year.”

About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian and a member of Florida’s Cabinet, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).