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
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