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How Crist spends Obamabucks

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February

Heading into this legislative session, Republican Gov. Charlie Crist needed to find a new revenue source for the state to avoid hefty budget cuts or tax increases. The solution: Obama bucks. About $8 billion over this and next fiscal year. Lawmakers are concerned that the spending is just that, spending and not stimulus.

Full story here. How's the money being spent?

Maybe a better question is: How isn't it being spent? Well, on what was a top priority for Crist -- the "economic gardening program" for mid-size business. Crist wants the stim cash for virtually everything else, to help keep college tuition rates low, protect senior citizens, etc.

Aside from big-ticket Medicaid, schools and transport items, here's a line-item list of some of the easy-to-find "stimulus" items we can find in the budget (Note: Some items look like repeats, though they're in different sections of the budget.):

For FY10:

$74,214,482:  Byrne memorial state law enforcement
$14,112,000:  Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant
$124,484,413:  Energy Efficiency programs
$2,200,000:  Enhance community-based residential beds for offenders
$4,858,825:  Inmate substance abuse treatment
$5,000,000:  DOC radios
$3,664,466:  Judicial Inquiry System computer upgrades
$3,083,025:  Jail and prison diversion
$434,405:  Florida school for the deaf and the blind
$68,068:  Under-age independent living assistance
$332,332:  Independent living services
329,550,500:  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
$3,856,017:  Inmate transition services
$2,222,500:  National School Lunch Program equipment assistance
$5,000,000:  Solar Energy System Incentives Program
$667,625:  Support technological improvements through equipment
$45,289,348:  Welfare (TANF)
$341,912,000:  Title 1 and 2 aide
$2,325,000:  Continue job training for workers
$11,926,154:  Vocational rehab for persons with disabilities
$2,442,706:  Vocational rehab for persons with visual impairments

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Fund shifts for FY10 (i.e., the Tallahassee hokey-pokey: You put the fed money in, you pull the state money out):

$1,717,949,401:  Medicaid fund-shift
$89,635,988:  Home- and community-based services waiver
$8,237,494:  Community-supported living waiver
$11,987,129:  Developmental disabilities public facilities
$1,466,818:  Home- and community-based services waiver
$10,174,907:  Foster care and adoption assistance.
$1,206,569:  Prescribed medicine/drugs
$7,207,610:  Treatment services for emotionally disturbed children and youth
$3,859,759:  Financial assistance payments
$79,167,565:  Home- and community-based services waiver
$7,721,366:  Low-income community grants
$29,100,000:  Low-income job/education assistance
$111,407,000:  Low-income home energy assistance
$74,823,750:  Workforce service
$15,533,000:  Unemployment compensation
$51,612,190:  School readiness services
$99,166,571:  Child support enforcement program

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For FY09:

$4,408,000:  Energy and Climate Commission
$1,303,817,734:  Drinking Water Revolving Trust Fund
$134,341,000:  Wastewater Treatment Facility Construction
$3,700,000:  Diesel Emission Reduction Act
$11,600,000:  Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund Program
$1,508,293:  DOC substance abuse/transition services
$517,594:  DJJ technology/incarceration alternatives
$11,222,705:  Child Support Enforcement Program
$4,700,000: Crime victim compensation and assistance
$81,026,250:  Workforce aid and training
$16,167,000:  Unemployment Compensation Program
$53,718,810:  Early Learning Program
$350,000:  Cultural Grants
$70,000,000:  Welfare Services
$9,600,000:  Elder services

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 8:28pm]

    

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