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Concerns grow over delay in applying for federal education money



As budget talks between the House and Senate remain stalled, a major concern in the Capitol is federal stimulus funding for education - specifically, why Florida has yet to apply for the much-needed money.

In a meeting with Senate Democrats, Senate budget chairman J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, got peppered with questions from worried lawmakers.

Senate Democratic leader Al Lawson noted that California has already received its funding. Why hasn't Florida moved faster, he asked?

"That's a question for the executive branch," Alexander replied. "We would hope they would be moving as expeditiously as possible, and hope they are."


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 5:55pm]


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