DATE: February 11, 2009
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Erin Isaac, Governor's Communications Director
RE: Governor Charlie Crist's Special Video Address regarding Federal Stimulus
Attached is a link to a video address from Governor Charlie Crist regarding Federal Stimulus.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Governor Crist's press office at (850) 488-5394.
Governor Charlie Crist's Special Video Message regarding Federal Stimulus
February 11, 2009
Florida has taken prudent steps to cut taxes for our people and balance our budget in these increasingly difficult times.
I believe strongly that any federal stimulus money must prioritize job creation and targeted a tax relief for small business owners, and Florida must get her fair share.
Tuesday I joined President Barack Obama for a town hall meeting in Fort Myers to discuss with Floridians the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
During the town hall, I reiterated my support for the federal stimulus package, and pledged to the people of Florida that here in Florida we stand ready to use our share of the money quickly and responsibly to create new jobs and serve our most vulnerable citizens.
There is no doubt that these are historic, challenging times for this nation and our state.
We are balancing our budget here, even when it calls for difficult decisions. We cut spending by $2.5 billion dollars during the recent special Legislative session.
But even as we tighten our belts, we need a stimulus to help the people of Florida, and to help every state that is hurting. This federal stimulus package is a bridge of help for Florida.
As the U.S. Congress finalizes this stimulus package before sending it to the President, I continue to work with my colleagues and members of our Congressional delegation to improve the bill while ensuring Florida receives her fair share.
Our Economic Stimulus Working Group met for the second time today. This group, which I lead, will spend the coming weeks making sure we quickly and responsibly implement these federal dollars to meet the Sunshine State's education needs, transportation and health care funding needs.
Thank you very much, and God bless you.