The U.S. Coast Guard received a large budget increase for fiscal year 2009, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Keith Taylor said, due in part to the growth of maritime trade and marine transportation. Taylor, who is the Coast Guard’s assistant commandant for resources and chief financial officer, spoke with bloggers about the service’s plans for the budget. “There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of maritime trade over the last 10 years, as well as the use of our marine-transportation system,” Taylor said. “This growth…will allow us to add capacity to meet the requirement that we have and to address the shortfalls we have,” he added.
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