Fla. stands to gain billions from stimulus plan

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida stands to gain billions of
dollars from the U.S. House's stimulus plan.

The legislation drafted by House Democrats and the Obama
administration was scheduled for a floor vote Wednesday.

The state could get money to help balance its budget, build
highways and bridges, expand mass transit, modernize schools and
improve other government services.

The biggest chunk of Florida money, $4.26 billion, would go to
Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health care for
the poor.

The Senate, though, is working on a separate plan and any
differences would have to be worked out before a final version can
be sent to President Barack Obama.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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