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CFO Sink Applauds Rail Funding for Florida


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2010                  
CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842
TALLAHASSEE - Florida CFO Alex Sink joined President Barack Obama in Tampa today as he announced that Florida will receive $1.25 billion in federal funding for high speed rail.  CFO Sink stressed the importance of rail in Florida to create jobs and spur future economic growth to President Obama during his visit, and urged a continued partnership to ensure progress for Florida’s rail projects.
“High speed and commuter rail are a key part of growing our economy here in Florida, and today’s announcement couldn’t come at a more important time for our state,” said CFO Sink.  “Not only will comprehensive development of rail in our state help create thousands of jobs now, it will also build the infrastructure Florida needs long-term to bring our economy into the 21st century.  I have been pushing to get more of our taxpayer dollars down from Washington, and will continue to urge President Obama and his Administration to work with Florida on this and other projects that can create jobs for our state.”
CFO Sink has been a tireless advocate for the comprehensive development of high speed and commuter rail in Florida as a key component to create a stronger economic future.  In late 2009, CFO Sink met personally with Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo to push for federal funding, and she sponsored the Florida Cabinet Resolution urging the Obama Administration to fully fund Florida’s rail applications.  Read the Resolution in full here.