Sen. Bill Nelson to Florida congressional delegation: money, money, money
Sen. Bill Nelson thinks Florida's congressional delegation needs to do a better job of securing federal grants for the state. Citing a new TaxWatch study that shows the state is 48th place in per capita funding, he wrote a letter to his colleages asking for a better effort.
His focus comes at a time when earmarks are under scrutiny and Republicans are looking to slash government spending.
"We must work together as a delegation to help Florida lift itself out of this grants sinkhole," Nelson writes. "Many state and local governments are experiencing budget woes and the days of congressional earmarks may be over. The TaxWatch report says, and I strongly agree, that grant money is an essential way for the state to help address its budget gap.
Given Florida’s budget challenges, TaxWatch says, advocating for more federal funds should be a priority for the new governor. I believe it also should be one our top priorities in this new Congress. I have had a grants specialist in my Orlando, Florida office and now have appointed a member of my Washington, D.C. staff to focus on this issue, especially to coordinate with your offices.
He will be contacting your legislative directors in the immediate future about ways to improve Florida’s rate of success in the grants process. Let’s all work together in this effort."