Escambia County

Update on Stimulus package

March 4, 2009

From Jerry Maygarden:


Wednesday, March 04, 2009

TALLAHASSEE—The process for distributing federal stimulus funds to state and local governments remains elusive. Moreover, the State of Florida does not seem to have a clearly defined methodology for determining how and to whom monies will be appropriated. Our contacts within state government appear to be waiting for federal rules that will give better directions concerning eligibility, the grant submission process and reporting procedures before adopting state guidelines.

Florida anticipates approximately $12.2 billion dollars in federal stimulus funding. Governor Crist has recommended using up to $7.9 billion of the stimulus package over the next 2 years to fill budget holes created by the national recession. His budget targets education, healthcare and transportation with the largest portion of federal funding. He proposes to use $3.2 billion in this year’s budget, which runs through the end of June, and another $4.7 billion in fiscal year 2009-2010, which begins July 1, 2009.

We believe the legislature intends to use as much of the stimulus money as possible to shore-up a state spending plan besieged by declining revenues. It is hard to say how much and when any portion of the money will actually make its way to local governments. Moreover, it is even harder to say how much, if any, will be approved for “discretionary” spending by local governments. We believe that the stimulus package will continue to garner more in the way of “strings” and “stipulations” as it moves from federal to state to the local level. By the time the journey is complete spending will be well-defined and restricted to those items of interest to state and federal lawmakers.

One caution: There are a number of lists floating about Tallahassee that were developed in preparation for the availability of federal funding. Unfortunately, the media has been reporting these early efforts to delineate “shovel ready” projects as approved targets for funding by one agency, entity or another. While these lists may serve as a starting point for further discussions, we do not consider them to be fait accompli.

We are continuing to track this process closely and do our best to position you for funding. We will make a special effort to keep you informed of any new developments.

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  • Anony March 8, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Ross, why is it the federal government’s responsibility to save Charlie’s state budget??


    Also, Miller’s family gets millions every year to let the land lay fallow. Notice how those farms appear to be from different “families”?

  • publius March 7, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    it’s grandstanding to vote against and denounce farm subsidies while your family make a lot of moeny off of them. it’s grandstanding to deounce and vote against stimulus when people in you congrssional district are lining up to try to get stimulus money. it’s grandstanding when you make great red meat speeches knowing that your voice doesnt count and that your people will get the money anyway.

  • Ross Calloway March 6, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    What seems like grandstanding to you, to the governor it looks like saving the state’s budget and retaining control of it.

    Aside from all that, the way the administration is implementing the expansion of the welfare state, under cover of the stimulus package, and without bringing the subject up in Congress as a bill, where people paying the bill will be able to vote for it, or not, is sneaky and underhanded, and I might add, classically Liberal.

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