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Florida builders heart Obama's call for $50 billion in transportation spending

The Florida Transportation Builders’ Association is praising President Obama's call for $50 billion in transportation spending, with president Bob Burleson calling it a "good start that will not only have the short-term economic impacts of increased job creation and retention but also move our nation into a higher realm of global competitiveness. If there is one issue the partisan gridlock in Congress can agree on, this should be it for countless reasons."

Burleson noted the state estimates that more than 35,000 road building and other industry-related jobs were created or retained by the federal stimulus package.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, however, has already offered a tepid response to the transportation plan, saying "we can't spend our way to prosperity."