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CFO Sink Launches Lunch and Learn Series to Help State Employees Stretch Household Budgets


Contact: Tara Klimek
              (850) 413-2842
TALLAHASSEE - As Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink’s job is to safeguard tax dollars and “count the beans” for the state’s government.  Knowing that many state employees – like the government they work for – are struggling with rising costs and budget crunches, Sink has launched a series of lunchtime programs to help state employees become the CFO of their families.
The Lunch and Learn series began in the summer and, following rave reviews, a third is scheduled for noon on Friday, September 12, 2008, in the Cabinet Room of the Capitol.  Participants can bring their lunch.
“All Floridians are feeling the economic pinch and none more so than our state employees, who will receive no cost-of-living increases in their salaries this year,” said CFO Sink, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. “We all could benefit from tips on how to cut costs, stay within a budget and continue to provide for our families.”
The title of Friday’s program is “Become the CFO of Your Family - Slice Your Grocery Bill in Half.”  The program will be televised to all Capitol employees via The Florida Channel and will be posted on the department’s website.  Additional programs are planned to be held quarterly on a variety of topics.
CFO’s  Deputy CFO Tammy Teston initiated and leads the series. A former banker and businesswoman, Teston served as the senior vice president and market director for Bank of America Investment Services in Sarasota.  She now helps Sink oversee the following divisions: Agent and Agencies; Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services; Rehabilitation and Liquidation; and the My Safe Florida Home program.