The state said it is still in a storm-response phase.

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The state said it is still in a storm-response phase.

TALLAHASSEE — A legislative budget panel Wednesday gave Gov. Ron DeSantis an additional $360 million to pump into Hurricane Ian projects, as response efforts continue two weeks after the storm made landfall in Southwest Florida.

In an emergency meeting, the Joint Legislative Budget Commission approved adding the money to the state Emergency Preparedness and Response Fund, which was established this year with $500 million.

“This is what everyone has agreed to at this point would work,” said Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Kelli Stargel, a Lakeland Republican who helps lead the panel, which is made up of Senate and House members.

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