I think Governors should have more input into what happens in Washington. As we know, our representatives in Washington are often completely out of touch with what really is going on in the states.
By Jeff Mason and Jon Hurdle Jeff Mason And Jon Hurdle –
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – U.S. state governors urged President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday to pump money into infrastructure and help support the poor as a sinking economy hits state budgets hard.
Obama, who takes over from President George W. Bush on January 20, pledged to involve states in his plans to tackle the U.S. recession and create or save 2.5 million jobs.
The president-elect has spent much of the time since his November 4 victory over Republican John McCain forming his economic team and advocating a massive new stimulus package.
“I’m not simply asking the nation’s governors to help implement our economic recovery plan, I’m going to be interested in having you help draft and shape that economic plan,” Obama told a meeting that included Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice-presidential candidate. REST OF ARTICLE