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Governor releases Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget proposal for the Department of Military Affairs
ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2011) – Governor Rick Scott’s recommended budget for the Florida Department of Military Affairs, with headquarters in St. Augustine, helps to ensure the department and the Florida National Guard remain ready to support national security objectives, as well as meet the needs of Florida citizens during emergencies.
The mission of the Department of Military Affairs is to ensure Florida National Guard units and personnel are ready to support national security objectives; provide public safety of citizens; and contribute to national, state, and community programs that add value to the United States of America and the State of Florida. The budget proposal supports the agency’s goals including:
1. Military Readiness – Provide trained and ready military organizations to meet the needs of national, state and local authorities.
2. Military Response – Provide trained and ready military organizations to protect life and property, and preserve, peace, order, and public safety.
3. Drug Interdiction and Prevention – Provide Guard-unique assistance to law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations to counter illegal drug use.
4. Assistance to Floridians at Risk – Provide training assistance to those at risk through the Youth ChalleNGe Program.
“We are pleased with the outcome of the Governor’s Budget Proposal, especially given the current fiscal environment. The budget recommendation ensures the Florida’s National Guard has the resources it needs to provide safety and security when danger threatens,” said Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw Jr., The Adjutant General of Florida.
The Governor’s budget recommendations for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 include:
• Fixed Capital Request, Readiness Center Repairs – General Revenue: $4,500,000
Needed repairs to armories in Plant City and Sarasota.
• Explosive Ordnance Disposal Armory at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center: $1,500,000
Current EOD building in disrepair.
• Armory Support, Increased Energy Costs – General Revenue: $370,000
Rising fuel costs and changing environmental conditions have resulted in a significant rise in energy requirements necessary to operate the agency’s armories and facilities.
• Integrated Emergency Operations Management Information System – General Revenue: $25,000
In Fiscal Year 2005-06, the Legislature funded the creation of a system to support the National Guard when called to state active duty. This system converts federal computer data into information that can be used by the state’s payroll, purchasing and accounting systems. The budget recommendation includes funding for hardware and software to extract data from changing federal systems.
• Information Technology Replacement – General Revenue/Trust Fund: $220,030
Represents the programmed replacement of the department’s current computer hardware and software as prescribed by state standards. The department relies heavily on information technology equipment to carry out both day-to-day responsibilities and state active duty.
• Cooperative Agreement Manpower Support – Federal Grants Trust Fund: $1,072,475
Funds 24 additional personnel to execute cooperative agreements signed with the Department of Defense to support the Florida National Guard. Positions are 100 percent federally funded and represent excellent job opportunities for Floridians. The agreements currently fund 228 of the department’s 373 employees.
• Additional Vehicles for Camp Blanding – Federal Grants Trust Fund – $746,000
Includes a variety of additional federally-funded vehicles to support training ranges at Camp Blanding. Vehicles are critical to meet the increased deployments both overseas and domestically.
• Additional Equipment to Support Camp Blanding Joint Training Center – Federal Grants Trust Fund: $331,538
Provides additional federally-funded equipment to maintain areas surrounding airfields and other facilities within the Camp Blanding Joint Training Center and Youth Challenge program.
• Workers’ Compensation for State Active Duty Soldiers – $238,576
Provides workers compensation for National Guard members that perform State Active duty during disasters.
For additional details on the Governor’s recommended Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget, visit www.MyFlorida.com.