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FBT PRESIDENT MATT UBBEN SALUTES GOV. SCOTT FOR HIS PRO-TRANSPORTATION 2013 BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS
$9 Billion represents nearly $1 Billion more than last Fiscal Year
TALLAHASSEE – Floridians for Better Transportation (FBT) President Matthew D. Ubben salutes Governor Rick Scott and Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad for a budget proposal that enhances all modes and continues the State’s efforts of job creation within the transportation sector.
The Governor’s Recommended Budget of $9 billion for transportation, of which $8.3 billion is dedicated to the Department of Transportation’s Work Program, provides for the construction and maintenance of Florida’s roads, bridges, rails, seaports, and other public transportation systems that are critical to the growth of Florida’s economy and improving the safe movement of people and freight throughout our state.
In addition to recommended funding totaling $3.6 billion for highway construction, the budget recommends $288 million in funding for Seaport Projects, which include Port Canaveral West and Port Miami Deep Dredge, as well as $160 million in funding for rail projects, including SunRail/ Phase II.
Every one of Florida’s 19 million citizens is benefited by the Governor’s proposal. We look forward to working with the Florida Legislature during this upcoming session to advance this pro-transportation proposal as a final budget is passed during the 60-day legislative session.
Floridians for Better Transportation (FBT) is a statewide business and transportation association dedicated to making transportation safer and more efficient in Florida. FBT has a diverse membership of 180 businesses, organizations, and individuals, including the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Transportation Builders Association, Publix Super Markets, SunTrust Bank, the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers, the Florida Public Transportation Association, the Florida Ports Council, the Florida MPO Advisory Council, the Florida Airports Council, and numerous local businesses, Chambers of Commerce, MPOs, and transit providers all across the Sunshine State.