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Martinez: Crist doesn't understand stimulus



The Herald has Mel Martinez on the Senate floor dismissing his pal Charlie Crist on the stimulus:


"I don't know that my Governor understands all the details this package – that there will be nothing here to help with Florida's housing economy, the number-one problem in Florida's economic troubles that we have today are related to housing," Martinez said. "And until we address the housing problem, we're not going to bring Florida back to economic health. At the end of the day, there's not enough largesse that can come to Florida from the federal government to fill the coffers for state needs. What we need is for Florida's economy to get back on its feet. What we need is for there to be tax cuts so that Florida taxpayers have more money to spend into the economy. We need to work on the housing problem so we can get the housing market back vibrant again. We need to work on the overall economy of this country so that tourism comes back to our state. All of these things working in unison will bring America back to economic health."

"I hate to oppose this package because I would have loved for us to come to something that truly was a bipartisan package ... It would have been great to have been with our new President, and I do wish him well and I do hope that this package will succeed and I do hope that it will have the desired effect. However, in my conscience, I can't support it because I just don't feel that it does what it should have done, that it does what this economy currently needs, that it does what, in fact, all of us need to work together towards doing which is to get our country back on the road to recovery."

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:21pm]


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