In a letter to President Barack Obama, Friday, Governor Charlie Crist is seeking to have a federal disaster declaration for flooding in North Florida. Assistance is being sought for 11 counties, including Bay, Gulf, Holmes, and Washington, along with migration-grant assistance for the entire state.
President Barack Obama, following a briefing from the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and Sheila Bair, chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., said Friday that, there are glimmers of hope regarding recovery of the U.S. economy. Nonetheless, Obama said, “We’ve still got a lot of work to do”.
According to a new survey released by Mainstreet.com, the State of Florida ranks second to last in terms of ‘fiscal happiness’, just ahead of last place Oregon. The survey, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based its survey on key financial data, including the number of foreclosures and the unemployment rate. According to the survey, Walt Disney World, could be an island of cheer in an ocean of misery.
Tot Mom, Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony are being deposed today and will face tough questions in the civil suit against their daughter. The Anthonys would be questioned by famed attorney John Morgan who is representing Zenaida Gonzales, who says that her life is ruined, because Tot Mom said a nanny with the same name took Caylee.
Thursday, President Barack Obama announced that the General Services Administration (GSA) will accelerate its purchase of new cars for the government fleet by investing funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to buy about 17,600 new, fuel efficient vehicles produced by American auto companies by June 1, 2009. President Obama directed his administration to speed up the purchase of these vehicles to increase demand for American auto companies during these difficult economic times.
The White House chief economic adviser, Lawrence Summers said Thursday that the “sense of freefall” in the US economy would end in the next few months, although he did not rule out deflation and more job losses. Also, he said that there were still “substantial downdrafts” in the economy, but the government’s intervention and the natural recovery cycle were impact the economy positively. Mr Summers declined to estimate where unemployment would peak.
Thursday, the President, along with Secretary Gates and Secretary Shinseki, announced that the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs have taken the first step in creating a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record. Currently, there is no comprehensive system in place that allows for a streamlined transition of health care records between DOD and the VA.