State lawmakers to discuss how to use proposed federal aid money

Published: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 8:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 8:45 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The promised federal stimulus plan is on a state Senate panel's agenda.

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Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, makes a point about an amendment during debate about budget bill during a state Senate session on Friday Jan. 9, 2009 in Tallahassee, Fla.

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The Select Committee on Florida's Economy is set Tuesday to discuss priorities for Florida's use of the federal money, if and when Congress acts on the plan being pushed by President-elect Barack Obama.

High on the list will be replacing $700 million to be borrowed from the state's tobacco settlement endowment as part of a budget deficit-elimination package up for a final vote Wednesday in the House and Senate.

Legislative leaders hope federal stimulus dollars will arrive in time to make that June loan unnecessary.

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