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Rick Scott approves more contracts, spends stimulus money



When he was campaigning, Rick Scott derided the federal economic stimulus program. Now that he's governor, he's spending that money. Today, Scott approved more than 50 state contracts, adding to the five he approved earlier this week. Among the contracts approved today: Nearly $112 million to weatherize the homes of low-income residents. The program is funded by the federal economic stimulus package.

Scott signed an executive order shortly after taking office requiring that any state contract worth more than $1 million get an OK from his newly created Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform. That dumped at least $2.5 billion worth of contracts on his desk. The same executive order stopped nearly 900 regulations from moving forward until the office could review them, weighing their relative benefits against their cost to businesses. Scott has promised to move quickly on conducting his reviews. No word today on which rules and regulations have been released, but as of yesterday it was five.  

[Last modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 6:55pm]


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