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Governor Ron DeSantis gets high marks in first 30 days

Posted at 3:59 PM, Feb 08, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — Governor Ron Desantis has been busy in his first month and he says he has no intention of slowing down.

According to a new poll by Florida Politics, a majority of the state's top lobbyist agree Gov. Desantis is doing better than expected.

That includes the Democrats that were polled.

“A lot of people are scratching their heads saying he’s not the Desantis that was running for Governor,” said ABC Action News political advisor Dr. Susan MacManus.

She says the Governor is doing what the people want — working together across the aisle.

“He’s doing things. He’s making it clear what he wants to spend money on. High priorities. Going around the state, reaching across the aisle. Making quick decisions that are popular on key issues.”

Those key issues include the environment, with a plan to invest $625 million to protect the Everglades and water resources.

Also teacher bonuses, tax cuts and medical marijuana reform.

“This is really a surprise because he ran on what some would claim was a very ideological campaign. And talked more about Trump and perhaps the national government and not so much about Florida,” said MacManus.

MacManus says it’s up to the Florida legislature to figure out which of the Governor’s programs the state can afford

His $91.3 billion budget is higher than it’s been in the past, but she says Florida is also in better shape than it used to be.