The People’s Budget Florida represents a new approach to giving everyday people a voice in one of the most important policy decisions we entrust to our elected officials: how to allocate our public tax dollars. We believe the state budget and local budget offers a unique perspective for residents to look pragmatically at the decisions that impact their quality of life.
If one wants to understand the true priorities of any institution or organization, you can simply follow the money to get an accurate sense of what the real priorities are. This is why budgets can be viewed as policy without rhetoric—an unfiltered look through the spin and partisanship that dominates much of our current political discussion.
Our diverse coalition has come together to address the lack of public awareness and engagement around this all-important set of decisions that will determine our vision forward as a state and as a people. The budget funds our schools, our hospitals, roads, prisons, clean water supply and so much more. There really isn’t any area of public policy that is not impacted by the budget.
Yet still, these decisions are so often presented as too complex and technically sophisticated for us to understand. We reject this idea and believe that residents are the only experts in what their communities need. Even the most dedicated elected leaders cannot claim to accurately understand the needs of millions of people on every single issue.