States next in line with hand out…
We knew this was coming. Once the government starts handing out ‘free money’, everybody wants theirs.
Governors press Congress for state fiscal relief
By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – A trio of governors came to Capitol Hill on Thursday to plead with lawmakers for relief from crushing state fiscal woes caused by a huge slump in revenues as the recession deepens.Governors across the country have already pared payrolls, delayed infrastructure and cut aid to municipal government. In testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, Wisconsin Democrat Jim Doyle, Jon Corzine and say they’re looking at cratering . That means even bigger — and far more painful — cuts are coming.
Doyle told lawmakers that he’s facing a $5.4 billion, 17 percent budget gap in his upcoming fiscal plan. That’s on top of a 10 percent cut already made to Wisconsin’s state workforce.
Corzine says governors could use up to $100 billion to help with day-to-day operating costs, in addition to a recent $40 billion request over two years to help fund the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled and up to $136 billion for infrastructure projects like road and bridge repair.
Without help, the governors said, the cuts to state services and infrastructure projects would take money out of the economy, deepening recession.
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