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Gov Defends $430,000 Trip

December 9th, 2008 by flanews

Governor Charlie Crist defended this summers pricey overseas trade-mission.

In July Crist and 25 state officials toured England, France, Russia, and Spain to meet with foreign business and political leaders. The trip lasted 12 days and cost taxpayers 430,000 dollars. Charlie Crist defended the spending and pointed to the fruits of his South American trip as proof that trade missions create jobs.

I hope they are benefited by the jobs it creates. Embraer is a good example. They are creating a 50 million dollar plant in Melbourne. 200 jobs, not at 30,000 each by at 50,000 each. Weve got to keep fighting for Florida,” said Crist.

Crists own expenses on the trip totaled 30,000. His tab was paid with private investment dollars.

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