Florida Governor: Stimulus is working, more help not needed

TALLAHASSEE -- Saying 26,000 teacher jobs have been saved, Gov. Charlie Crist touted the federal stimulus package Wednesday -- but he said he won't support another multibillion-dollar spending plan from Congress.

Crist bucked fellow Republican leaders in Congress this year by embracing both President Obama and the stimulus package. Crist then held numerous open meetings with state agency chiefs to help pressure the Legislature to budget the money.

The state has already committed to spending more than half of the cash. But more is available than originally anticipated, said Crist's hand-picked stimulus czar, Don Winstead. Based on new calculations that factor in money to local governments, he said Florida could receive about $15.3 billion over three budget years.

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