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A taxpayer bill for Sink's frugal promotion

Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink put her fiscal watchdog image on display Monday in the state's largest TV market.

''Floridians expect us to spend their money wisely and efficiently as possible, and I will continue to lead by example in these tough economic times,'' she said in a news release for the visit to a call center in Largo that had been consolidated with others to save an estimaged $2.2 million annually.

But delivering the message was not cheap. The taxpayer tab for flying Sink and three staffers on a state plane: $2,400.

The trip, billed by her office as a ribbon cutting, is no different than similar ones that Gov. Charlie Crist or other top elected officials make regularly. Read more here.

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