Fla. would get less stimulus from US Senate bill

TALLAHAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The governor's budget director says a
stimulus bill passed by the U.S. Senate would be about $3 billion
less stimulating for Florida than the House version.

Jerry McDaniel told Gov. Charlie Crist and other top state
officials Wednesday that Florida would get about $10.4 billion
under the Senate measure. The estimate for the House bill is $13.7
billion.

Florida also still could lose up to $4.55 billion in education
stimulus money because it isn't spending as much on education as it
did on 2006. The legislation requires at least a 2006 spending
level to get stimulus money.

The state is lobbying congressional negotiators to drop that
provision or let U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan waive it on a
case-by-case basis.


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