Public Service Funding Mystery Series Episode 2 – Where does the money go?

On March 19th, the Florida Legislature adopted its 2020-2021 annual appropriations budget which totaled $93.2 billion. That money is distributed to 31 departments and agencies which serve the citizens of Florida. The budget is not final yet as the Governor has a line item veto which can be used to eliminate any of the nearly 800 local projects totaling nearly $500 million.

The governor’s recommended budget groups the departments & agencies into six major categories. A comparison of 2001-02 to 2020-21 follows:


2001-02 2020-21 Inc. 2001-02 2020-21 Inc.
Category $ $ (Dec.) % % (Dec.)
1. Education 15,502 27,043 11,541 32.15% 29.01% -3.14%
2. Health & Human Services 16,312 39,363 23,051 33.83% 42.23% 8.40%
3. Criminal Justice 3,131 4,963 1,832 6.49% 5.32% -1.17%
4. Environment 3,066 4,454 1,388 6.36% 4.78% -1.58%
5. Transportation 7,431 11,587 4,156 15.41% 12.43% -2.98%
6. General Government 2,779 5,806 3,027 5.76% 6.23% 0.47%
Total $48,221 $93,216 $44,995 100.00% 100.00% 0.00%







Health Care Admin – Medicaid 10,377 30,778 20,401 21.52% 33.02% 11.50%
Children & Families (DCF) 2,538 3,370 832 5.26% 3.62% -1.65%
Juvenile Justice (DJJ) 623 587 (36) 1.29% 0.63% -0.66%







The growth rates show that Health Care – Medicaid has been the priority over the past 20 years. About 60% of Medicaid costs are federally funded but Florida must find revenue to cover its growing 40% share each year. Medicaid’s share of the total budget has increased by 11.50%, reducing the share available to all the other categories.

Education has suffered the biggest decline of 3.14% which in 2020-21 would be a loss of $2.9 billion. The DCF and DJJ have suffered declines of 1.65% & 0.66% which equate to losses of $1.5 billion & $615 million. Each of those three departments will be featured in an upcoming monthly Newsletter.