Defense spending dropped $800 million in Florida last year

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A contractors group says defense spending dropped by $800 million in Florida last year, reports the Associated Press.

The Florida League of Defense Contractors reported on Friday that federal spending on military bases and with defense businesses in the state dropped from $14.1 billion the previous year to $13.3 billion in 2011.

The group is urging lawmakers to pass a new tax break for defense contractors.

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