TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist couldn't say thank
you enough times.
Florida's chief executive met with many of his agency heads
Monday to get a head start on spending more than $12 billion over
the next three years from the federal stimulus package that
President Obama is expected to sign into law Tuesday.
Crist also thanked state lawmakers for extending the deadline
for his budget request until Friday, just 11 days before the 2009
legislative session begins. Crist can now work in some of the
federal dollars into his budget recommendations.
Florida lawmakers fear that the worsening economy could lead to
a budget shortfall of up to $6 billion, but Crist's budget director
predicted the stimulus money will shore up Florida's situation.