PARKLAND, FL- May is a time when we celebrate mothers. Mothers are the ones who we go to for support, help, advice, and consoling. They are often the helpers and the first ones to reach out to help a family member, friend or neighbor. Our world is a better place thanks to the love, care and support mothers give. Unfortunately, Mother’s Day can also be a difficult day and a sad reminder for those who have lost their mothers or for mothers who have lost children.  So while you celebrate this day, please keep for those who may be having a difficult time on Mother’s Day in your thoughts.

The 2021 Legislative Session is over and we passed a record $101.5 billion budget, an increase of 10.1% over the last year. The American Rescue Plan allotted $10 billion to the State of Florida and $6.7 billion of this is being used in the budget for environmental, school construction and road projects, bonuses for first responders and an emergency response fund. While we vote for the budget in full, Governor DeSantis does have the option to veto specific lines of the budget. We will continue to provide updates on the final details of the budget and legislation through our eNewsletter. You can subscribe by emailing HDIST096@myfloridahouse.gov with “subscribe” in the subject and I can keep you up-to-date on final details of the Legislative Session. 

This month I have scheduled two informative sessions for our district. I will be hosting a Post-Session Legislative Wrap-Up Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, May 25th at 7:00pm. To RSVP for this Town Hall please email Beth.Lerner@myfloridahouse.gov with “RSVP” in the subject so that we can email you a link to sign up. Additionally, on Monday, May 17th at 6:30pm, I have invited the Florida Department of Transportation to present an update on the Loxahatchee Road project. As we receive more detailed information on that meeting, I will post it online.  You can also email Beth.Lerner@myfloridahouse.gov with “LOX” in the subject so that we can email you a link to sign up.

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May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma of mental illness. Many of us have faced challenges of isolation, loss, and additional anxiety this past year due to the pandemic. This has resulted in additional mental health challenges for many. It is critical that we all take time to assess how we are doing and also to check in on our family, friends and neighbors. Help and resources are available by calling 211 in Broward County. You can also visit www.211-Broward.org or www.eagleshaven.org for additional assistance.  

I want to thank all of you who have reached out to me with your concerns, comments, questions, and feedback. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by phone (954) 956-5600 or email HDIST096@myfloridahouse.gov. To learn more about our work in Tallahassee and District 96, please subscribe to our weekly newsletter, by emailing HDIST096@myfloridahouse.gov with “subscribe” in the subject line. Also follow me on Facebook at @RepHunschofsky and Twitter @RepHunschofsky for regular updates. I look forward to hearing from you!