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My Florida C F O
Weekly eNewsletter from Florida's Chief Financial Officer

Dear Fellow Floridian:

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Jeff Atwater
Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Turns 25 Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. More importantly,  we remember the incredible legacy of a man who dedicated his life to fighting for and serving others. In keeping with Dr. King’s spirit, this holiday has been nationally designated as a day of service. I encourage you to celebrate in a way that would honor Dr. King’s legacy: find a worthy project where you can donate your time, serve others and strengthen your community.

News of Interest

Fort Myers News-Press: State targets PIP, fraud

USA Today: U.S. debt is now equal to economy

Sun-Sentinel: Skilled manufacturing jobs emerge in South Florida

Miami Herald: U.S. still tops for entrepreneurs

South Florida Business Journal Verizon Wireless invested $205M in Florida in 2011

Orlando Sentinel: Cautious Central Florida companies forecast better job outlook in 2012

Washington Post: Google search gets its biggest change in a decade with a dose of Google+

For a More Transparent State Government

In this challenging economic climate, we have a deep responsibility to be exceptional stewards of your hard-earned dollars. My goal as your CFO is to do everything in my power to ensure that you, the taxpayer, have easy access to Florida’s government spending information. We have a government that is of the people and for the people and we can now use the Internet and other new technologies to open the doors of government to the people. That is why this week, I stood with the Foundation for Government Accountability and Representatives Matt Hudson, Rachel Burgin and Joseph Abruzzo to promote another tool that helps clear the clouds away from our Florida Open Governmentcurrent system and allows for a more transparent state government.

As an advocate for government transparency, I support all resources both public and private, including FloridaOpenGov.org, that provide taxpayers with the tools to keep tabs on how their dollars are being spent. FloridaOpenGov.org will serve as another avenue for Floridians to hold their government accountable to the promises made to reduce inefficient spending.

Together with my Web site, Transparency Florida, our great state can become the most open and transparent state in the country.

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