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Gov. Ron DeSantis bragged when signing into law a record $101.5 billion state budget on Wednesday about spending boosts for education, mental health assistance, and environmental protection.

He didn’t mention that the new budget stiffs affordable housing, lacks any increase in unemployment benefits, and continues to deny Medicaid benefits for struggling Floridians.

But he did claim the document keeps Florida among the states with the lowest per capital tax burdens.

“I think the budget really reflects a state government that is meeting the core concerns of Floridians,” DeSantis said during a news conference in New Smyrna Beach.

Democrat Nikki Fried filed papers on Tuesday as a candidate for governor following months of positioning herself via Twitter and fundraising appeals targeting the Republican incumbent, Ron DeSantis.

Fried, Florida’s commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has yet to make a formal announcement, but Florida Division of Elections records reflect that she has formally entered the Democratic primary in the 2022 race.

Later in the day, Fried released a campaign video via Twitter in which she denounces a “rigged system” that that’s “corrupt” and “antidemocratic.” She acknowledges the campaign will be difficult but adds that few expected a Miami Democrat to win election as agriculture commissioner.

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