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This Week in Politics – May 6, 2019


The 2019 Florida legislative session is over. 

Lawmakers in Tallahassee passed the largest budget in state history on the session’s 61st and final day — one more than usual, just to get the budget passed. 

But Gov. Ron DeSantis says he’ll be using use his veto pen to make sure it ends up below $91 billion. 

“There’s certain things government just shouldn’t be doing at any level,” said DeSantis. “If that’s in there, it’s going to be a candidate. There’s some things that maybe government should do, but should be local and not state government. Then there’s other things that, you know what, may have some merit, but I have to weigh ‘would it be better to put that money into reserves?'”

On Monday in Pinellas County, local Tampa Bay sheriffs and federal officials from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) will join with members of the DeSantis administration to announce new efforts to enhance public safety. 

The announcement will come just three days after Florida lawmakers passed a bill banning sanctuary cities. Florida doesn’t currently have any, but the bill forces state agencies to work with ICE to detain immigrants here illegally. 

And congressional Democrats continue to press for answers on the Mueller Report’s obstruction evidence–trying to secure a date for Robert Mueller III himself to come testify on Capitol Hill. 

Watch Tampa Bay’s weekly local political show, Politics On Your Side with host Evan Donovan, every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., right before Meet the Press.

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