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Democrats Hope Obama Can Fix Budget Problems

January 7th, 2009 by flanews

Democratic lawmakers are asking Republicans to put the breaks on spending cuts until they know how much money Florida will get from the federal government.

President-elect Barrack Obama is planning to pass a federal stimulus package his first week in office. Last month Governor Charlie Crist asked Obama for seven billion dollars, most of it for road projects. House Democrat Geraldine Thompson said heath care will get a huge chunk of whats left.

We are going to get additional money in Medicaid for example, which will free up dollars in general revenue, so were saying, lets wait a week, lets wait two weeks, or put into legislation as representative Fitzgerald has suggested, that well replace those dollars when the stimulus package comes down, said Thompson.

Its still unclear exactly how much money Florida will get, but lawmakers say because of the states financial crisis, Florida should be at the top of the list.

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