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Fla Chamber lobbies DC for stimulus bill



Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, was making the rounds on Capitol Hill today to encourage the state's congressional delegation to back President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus package.

Wilson said he's also trying to impart the need for the package to address education, growth management and infrastruture, from roads and bridges to water plants.

"We are not planning far enough ahead in the state of Florida, and we haven't had the dollars to build the infrastructure to accommodate for the expected growth," Wilson said.

He's asking members of Congress - as well as the incoming Obama administration - for $7-billion for projects that could be underway in four months.

Wilson said he's meeting with just over half of the 27-member Florida delegation, including Republican Sen. Mel Martinez and, by phone, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. He described their reaction so far as positive.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:12pm]


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