Published: Jan 12, 2011 7:19 PM EST
Updated: Jan 12, 2011 4:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Senate's Democratic leader says Gov. Rick Scott's 90-day freeze on state contracts is delaying job-creation.

Sen. Nan Rich of Weston on Wednesday called upon the new Republican governor, who ran on a job-creation platform, to lift his hold on $400 million in transportation contracts approved before he took office last week.

One of Scott's first acts was to suspend all state contracts of $1 million or more until they could be reviewed by the new administration.

 Rich said the state cannot afford another layer of bureaucrats sifting through contracts already approved by other bureaucrats.

The governor's office did not immediately comment.

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