In recent months, state transportation officials cut or delayed 77 road projects from a five-year plan to make up $763 million from lost gas taxes, rental car fees, toll collections and other state and federal sources during the pandemic. Gov. Ron DeSantis had suggested adding $938.4 million to the work program from $10.1 billion the state is expected to get from the American Rescue Plan federal stimulus package. Post Views:
Eagle has outlined a multi-year project aimed at upgrading the process of making claims, expanding contact center staffing and shifting stored data to a cloud-based portal with a company such as Amazon or Google. Dane Eagle, executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, has said that retaining the CONNECT system, which cost $81 million to set up a decade ago, is “not an option.”
Meanwhile, House and Senate negotiators also agreed to provide $9.098 billion planned for the annual Department of Transportation work program. The proposed House funding is contingent on the hiring of a vendor and approval of a detailed work plan.
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