CFO creates team to go fund-hunting
CFO Alex Sink on Friday held a press conference to announce she's creating a "Financial Action Team" to look for ways to get federal dollars and tax incentives to help Floridians who are losing their homes.
They're looking at what's available from the recently passed Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 to "maximize Florida’s share of the billions in available federal dollars to help taxpayers weather a range of economic challenges," according to a press release.
The Agency for Workforce Innovation reported on Friday that the unemployment rate is at 6.1 percent and that nearly 100,000 jobs have been lost from July 2007 through July 2008, mostly due to construction bust.
“As Florida’s Chief Financial Officer representing a state with one of the highest rates of foreclosure and numbers of lost jobs, I want to make sure our taxpayers get their fair share of help," Sink said.
CFO Sink’s Financial Action Team includes representatives from the following organizations:
• Florida Bankers Association
• Florida Credit Union League
• Florida Housing Finance Corporation
• Florida Association of Realtors
• Florida Legal Services
• Florida League of Cities
• Florida Association of Counties
• Department of Veterans’ Affairs
• City of West Palm Beach
• Florida Tax Watch
• Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers
• Department of Financial Services