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CFO Sink Commends Signing of Rail Legislation


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2009
CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today released the following statement after Governor Charlie Crist’s signing of the rail bill passed during special session:
“Our state has shown our commitment to high speed and commuter rail, which is important for Florida’s jobs, infrastructure, and long-term economic growth,” said CFO Sink. “I am pleased that we have achieved a comprehensive vision for rail in our state as well as commuter rail for Central Florida.  Now our attention turns to Washington, as we work to ensure that Florida’s applications for federal taxpayer dollars set aside for rail projects are funded.”
Last week, CFO Sink sent a letter to Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo, urging that Florida receive the requested federal funds for the state’s rail projects. CFO Sink also met personally with Administrator Szabo on the eve of the rail application deadline to advocate for these funds.
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As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services. 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.