Democrats push Gov. Charlie Crist on education stimulus money
Senate Democratic Leader Al Lawson of Tallahassee sent a sharply worded letter to Gov. Charlie Crist to Gov. Charlie Crist today urging him to expedite the paperwork necessary for Florida to apply for more than $2 billion in education stimulus funds after reports that the state is "strategically" waiting. An excerpt:
"It is with rising alarm that myself and the members of the Senate Democratic Caucus are following the news chronicles of the apparent paralysis gripping the head of your Education Department. We are stunned that with less than a week to go in the 2009 Legislative Session, Commissioner Eric Smith has yet to submit the necessary paperwork to draw down federal stimulus dollars Florida desperately needs and on which our final budget depends.
"Governor, Commissioner Smith may liken the application process to reportedly “buying a car,” but I can assure you vehicle shopping is not our top priority. With $2 billion in federal education dollars hanging in the balance, we are quickly running out of time."
House Democratic Leader Franklin Sands also sent a letter urging quick action by Crist.