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Florida revenues fall by nearly $900 million amid pandemic

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida might have lost nearly $900 million in tax revenues in April — far more than state officials anticipated — as the coronavirus pandemic siphoned away tourist dollars and other revenues from the state’s coffers, according to estimates released Tuesday. The outbreak was certain to impact the state budget, and it became staggeringly clearer on Tuesday by just how much. The state Legislature has yet to forward the $93.2 billion budget it approved in March to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his signature.

Tampa Bay Times

Ron DeSantis: Florida ‘lifting all restrictions on youth activities’

School may be out, but summer camp is back in. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that he was ending all restrictions on youth activities across the state, including camps and youth sports. The declaration was the governor’s latest move to wake Florida from its coronavirus-induced economic slumber. However, the Republican governor said he would not prevent municipalities from imposing more restrictive rules.

Miami Herald

When DeSantis issued stay-at-home order, Florida had already logged 188 COVID-19 deaths

By the time Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order warning Floridians of the danger posed by the rapidly spreading coronavirus, 188 people already had died — considerably more than the 85 fatalities the state acknowledged at the time. Most of those who died from a coronavirus infection in March were elders, though the fatalities also included a 28-year-old woman who died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and a 34-year-old Broward County man whose “flu-like symptoms” developed into pneumonia.