Published: Jan 13, 2011 9:21 PM EST
Updated: Jan 13, 2011 6:21 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott has approved 71 transportation contracts worth nearly $90 million.

The governor's office announced the action Thursday, a day after the state Senate's Democratic leader complained that the new Republican governor's 90-day freeze on state contracts is delaying job-creation.

The approvals are dated Wednesday. That's when Sen. Nan Rich of Weston had urged Scott, 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.

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