Florida aims to keep talent in state following shuttle shutdown

More than 40 state lawmakers have formed a Florida Space Caucus to deal with an expected 4,500 job losses when the space shuttle makes its final flight later this year. At the top of the caucus's wish list: a budget of up to $25 million for promoting aerospace development and keeping skilled workers in the state. Florida political leaders fear a mass exodus of engineers could make it harder to restart a manned space program following a hiatus that could last several years.

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