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A budget cut hits home with Hispanics



Gov. Charlie Crist held a "Tallahassee Tuesday" roundtable at the mansion with 10 small business owners from around the state, all of them Hispanics, to hear their concerns and suggestions for improving state government. Not surprisingly, some of Crist's visitors praised the state for making strides in improving the way agencies seek to do business with minority-owned vendors.

The agency that specializes in that is the Office of Supplier Diversity in the Department of Management Services. The final budget released Tuesday includes the elimination of seven positions in the office at a savings of $197,841 (line item 627 in the conference report).

Would Crist now be of a mind to veto this budget cut, after what he heard from the Hispanic business owners? "I certainly would consider that," Crist said.   

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:19am]


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