Florida lawmakers near deal on federal COVID-19 money, state budget

Some of the money will go to first responders – police officers, nurses, firefighters, prison guards and emergency medical technicians – in the form of $1,000 bonuses, part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recommendations for how to spend the federal funds. Teachers, too, will get $1,000 bonuses, as well as a $50 million boost to salaries, which will be negotiated among school districts.