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CFO Alex Sink Statement Regarding Delay of Urgently Needed Help to Citizens and Businesses

7/15/2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2010
CONTACT: Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842

CFO ALEX SINK STATEMENT REGARDING DELAY OF URGENTLY NEEDED HELP TO CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES

TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today issued the following statement after House Speaker Larry Cretul and Senate President Jeff Atwater proposed further delaying relief to small business owners and residents affected by the Gulf oil disaster, opting to not address relief measures during the July 20-23 special session.
 
“We’re three months into this mess, and our small business owners and citizens should not have to wait another two months for relief,” said CFO Alex Sink. “Delaying urgently needed tax relief and economic initiatives for our small business owners and residents devastated by this oil disaster is wrong. The Florida Legislature should be prepared to do their job and not force taxpayers to spend more money on another special session.”
 
For more than a month CFO Alex Sink has been calling for the special session to include relief for small business owners. Earlier this week, CFO Sink sent a letter to House Speaker Larry Cretul and Senate President Jeff Atwater outlining incentives, claims changes, and environmental initiatives necessary to protect Florida’s economy for inclusion in the July 20-23 special session. CFO Sink was the first statewide leader to call for a constitutional amendment to ban near shore oil drilling.
 
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As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services and serves as the State Fire Marshal.  A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices.