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CFO Sink Praises Oil Spill Federal Aid Proposal


CONTACT: Jerri Franz or Jayme O’Rourke, 850-413-2842
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today praised the proposal from President Obama to provide federal aid to Gulf Coast communities and Florida workers impacted by the oil spill:
“While BP is responsible for paying for all damages incurred by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it is so important that our coastal communities and employers have immediate access to assistance so they can keep their businesses afloat, and I applaud President Obama for addressing their urgent needs,” said CFO Sink. “I will continue to work with state and federal officials to protect Florida’s
businesses and citizens, and to hold BP accountable for the economic damage this spill is having on Florida’s economy.”
On Monday, CFO Sink sent a letter to Governor Crist urging him to request the Small Business Administration make Economic Injury Disaster Declarations for Florida counties affected by the DeepwaterHorizon oil spill.  Governor Crist acted on CFO Sink’s request and officially requested the SBA Economic Declaration today.
Since news first hit of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, CFO Sink has been actively addressing this very real threat to Florida’s economy and environment. Sink has taken aerial tours of the spill and contacted state and federal officials, proposing help for Florida’s small businesses and coastal communities.  She has also urged BP to provide better coordination and response on behalf of businesses that may need to file claims, and has discussed her ideas to mitigate economic damages to the state with BP’s lead executive assigned to Florida.
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