Keeping Ron DeSantis and his family protected to prevent them from suffering a criminal incident that puts their integrity at risk, it costs Florida taxpayers $8.8 million, or about four times the previous governor’s security money.
According to a report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), which contemplates the period from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, the amount of money earmarked for the security of the governor’s family has increased remarkably.
While Ron DeSantis has dedicated himself to participate in Republican rallies in different cities with the objective raise funds, first for his re-election as governor and then for his campaign for the Republican nomination ahead of next year’s presidential elections, His expenses for ensuring his safety represent $8.8 million dollars.which is divided into $5 million to cover employee salaries, $3 million in travel amounts, and the rest for other expenses.
In addition, it is required $670,000 to protect Casey DeSantis, the first lady of Florida.
With regard, the amount assigned last year to care for the governor and his family is notoriously high, since only $5.5 million dollars were allocated, this according to data from the FDLE.
The highlight of the case is thate Rick Scott, DeSantis’s predecessor, only allocated about a quarter of what the current state president is spending on his security.
During the same 12-month period, from 2017 to 2018, the FDLE reported that Scott earmarked $2.5 million for his safety and $384,000 to keep his wife, Ann Scott, safe.
Likewise, the FDLE report indicates DeSantis last year allocated $457,000 to protect distinguished personalities who visited Florida, a figure for other striking cCompared to $154,000 allocated in prior years to the safety of governors and other politicians who in previous years spent time in the Sunshine State.
And to be more specific about how expenses have skyrocketed in Florida, it is mentioned that during the last year of Rick Scott’s government, the costs for the same concept were only $5,000.
Source: La Opinion