As President Trump seeks to cut off federal stimulus funding, Florida lawmakers are offering the state more than $3,000 in vacation packages.
The House approved the measure Wednesday.
“Florida is a state that has always been in the forefront of Florida’s economic growth,” said Rep. Dan Bishop, R-Orlando.
“We’ve always been able to provide them with a package that’s much more economical and provides them with the same benefits.”
Bishop introduced the bill as part of a $4.9 billion package that also included $4 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs, $1.1 billion for Florida’s state-run education system, $600 million for schools in the Sunshine State and $900 million for a state-funded scholarship program for students who are disabled.
“There are a lot of people that are struggling, and we’re able to help them get ahead and make a better future,” Bishop said.
The package also includes $1 billion to address Florida’s Medicaid shortfall.
The bill includes $2 billion in funding for the Florida Child and Family Development Block Grant Program, $500 million for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, $400 million for education scholarships and $100 million to help Florida provide financial assistance for businesses.
The Florida Tourism Association welcomed the additional funds for tourism.
The association is a group of tourism, tourism, recreation and hospitality companies that has been lobbying to expand tourism in Florida, said Chris Fenton, president and CEO.
Fenton said he expects the spending package will help lure visitors to the Sunshine state.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.