Sink says Legislature is ‘tone deaf’ on oil spill response

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Florida CFO Alex Sink today issued the following statement after House Speaker Larry Cretul and Senate President Jeff Atwater further delayed relief to small business owners and residents affected by the Gulf oil disaster, opting not to address relief measures during the special session today.

“Today the Florida Legislature showed a stunning lack of leadership on an economic issue impacting hundreds of thousands of Floridians,” said CFO Alex Sink. “For over a month, I’ve been calling for incentives that only the Florida Legislature can enact and specific actions that put money directly into the pockets of those affected by this disaster. It’s clear proof of the failure of leadership in Tallahassee that these common-sense solutions fell on deaf ears. Floridians have already suffered for three months — they should not have to wait two more months for relief that the legislature can provide now. Not only did the Florida Legislature tell business owners on the brink of bankruptcy to wait another two months for action, they showed no faith in the people of Florida to govern themselves.”

To view CFO Alex Sink’s press conference this morning demanding action from the Florida Legislature, click here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vjxsr_GJFTQ&feature=player_embedded

For more than a month CFO Alex Sink has been calling for the special session to include relief for small business owners. Earlier this week, CFO Sink sent a letter to House Speaker Larry Cretul and Senate President Jeff Atwater outlining incentives, claims changes, and environmental initiatives necessary to protect Florida’s economy for inclusion in the July 20-23 special session. CFO Sink was the first statewide leader to call for a constitutional amendment to ban near shore oil drilling.

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