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Obama budget proposal: No to Miami dredging, yes to democracy programs in Cuba

President Barack Obama's budget doesn't include the $75 million local officials had hoped to land to deep dredge the port of Miami -- sending them scrambling back to asking members of Congress for the money.

But the budget does include $20 million for programs aimed at promoting democracy in Cuba -- a move that generally doesn't sit well with the Cuban government. A State Department official told reporters that the amount is the same as last year's budget and that the continued detention of US contractor Alan Gross -- who worked on one of the programs -- hasn't affected the spending.

"We fund these programs to serve our national interest and our objectives," spokesman PJ Crowley said.

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Michael Schnabel

This should be good news for the private sector! Every time government declines an infrastructure type project, an opportunity opens for private sector entrepreneurship!

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