Florida turns down Stimulus Funds

By: Gary Fineout

Source: New York Times

As Florida legislative session winds down, lawmakers will not to pass a bill which would expand unemployment eligibility allowing the state to accept $444 million more in federal stimulus monies.

Republican legislators say that they do not want to increase the burden on Florida’s unemployment trust fund when it is running out of money. Some statewide business groups, already bracing for an expected increase in unemployment taxes, also objected to the changes.

Governor Charlie Crist has said that, “I think taking it is important.  I know the people need it, especially those who may be facing unemployment. I wish it would be reviewed again.”

Democrats have turned on Republican lawmakers accusing them of leaving money on the table.

Keep0ing Jobless Rules Intact, Florida Declines Stimulus Money

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