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Florida GOP Gov. DeSantis announces state gives $1,000 each to 174,000 first-responders, 'heroes'

"In Florida, we’re funding them & then some," DeSantis said.

Updated: May 6, 2021 - 4:33pm

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that first-responders across the state are each getting a $1,000 bonus, while apparently take a dig at governments across the country defunding such first-responder units like police departments.

"In Florida, we’re funding them & then some by providing all of our heroes $1,000 bonuses," the Republican governor tweeted.

DeSantis said over 174,000 first-responders will get a bonus.

Democrat-run cites such as Minnesota and Portland began "defunding" – or cutting the budgets of – their police respective departments last year following a series of 2020 incidents in which black males died during an interaction with police. 

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