Crist puts hold on Fla. agency spending

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist is putting a 15 percent hold on general revenue spending for the last quarter of the budget year.

The governor's office sent a memo to state agencies Thursday saying they'd get only 85 percent of their fourth quarter appropriations - April through June - because of the state's uncertain economic climate.

General revenues - largely sales tax receipts - make up about a third of the current $65.5 billion annual budget, but they pay for the day-to-day operations of schools, prisons and other state services.

There will be no holdback from trust funds that make up the bulk of the budget including such spending as school and highway construction.

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

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