The old Florida capitol (Pic by Diligent Terrier, via Wikimedia Commons)

A Florida House appropriations bill approved last week did not decrease the amount of aid given to local governments to provide family planning services.

The Florida House appropriations bill (.pdf) allots $4,245,455 for aid to local governments for family planning services — the same amount of money that was allotted last year.

Last year, the line item did see a significant cut. Family panning aid was slashed by about 15 percent — from $6,220,222 in the 2010/2011 budget to $5,313,238 in the 2011/2012 budget. Compared to the $6,494,181 allocated in the 2009/2010 budget — family planning has seen a cut of more than $1 million dollars in the past two years. Last year’s cuts resulted in a Planned Parenthood affiliate losing thousands of dollars for teen sexual health programs servicing young people.

While neither the Florida House nor the governor’s budget recommendations increased spending back to what it used to be, the bill does not make any further reductions.

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