February 23rd, 2009
05:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Mayors want full access to stimulus

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) - The U.S. Conference of Mayors said Monday in a letter to President Barack Obama it's concerned that several Republican governors have said they plan to turn down a portion of what's offered in the $787 billion stimulus package.

"Mayors know, better than anyone, that there are families suffering because of the recession in every state of this great nation," said the letter, signed by Manny Diaz, mayor of Miami and president of the group.

"As a nation, we cannot allow our citizens and communities to needlessly suffer when assistance is available to help them survive and rebuild in these troubling times," the letter said.

The conference asked Obama's administration to devise a system that allows cities to have access to all the programs in the bill, even if an governor chooses to reject it.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. JPM

    I don't blame them, their governors are all running for President already!

    February 23, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. John

    The Mayors of America know first hand of the issues facing most people but, most the republican governors want to make a political statement.

    The republican party for the most part doesn't seem to care about regular Americans since they are the party of the Rich and Famous.

    February 23, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    I, for one, trust my mayor over my governor!

    The "I'm not going to take the help" Republican governors seem to be thinking out loud as to how long they can be the perrenial minority party.

    Keep listening to your party leader – RUSH – and you'll be out there in the wilderness for quite some time.

    February 23, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. Mike Dallas

    Well now, seems you self-righteous Reptiles have a dilemma now that the reinvestment bill has been passed.

    You have two options:

    Option 1: Surely you “real Americans” will not want to partake in the economic collapse of America. So, the reptilian senators should petition the governor of the state to refuse the state’s share of the money. When your unemployed just “pull yourselves up by the bootstraps“ and gnaw on some pine bark, on Sunday try to kill a rat or two for protein. The money saved could be taken directly off the top and reduce the total amount we will have to borrow from Saudi Arabia.

    Option 2: You socialistic communists can take the extended unemployment funds and the food stamps when your unemployed and your kids are hungry and keep looking for a job. Keep that subsidized health insurance thru COBRA so when your kid breaks an arm it will not throw you in the poor house, oops, guess your already there if your unemployed. Well, at least you will be able to get the kid treatment before he bleeds to death in the charity hospital emergency room. Count your blessings!

    So, we will be waitin’ and a watchin’ to see if you rednecks are gonna say “No to the guvermint money and those revonewers” or will you belly up to the table to get your slab of “pork” Who wants to bet the good senator from Tennessee is first in line?.

    Not to worry, while you’re a waitin’ in line for the bacon, you will have plenty of time to teach your offspring how to play the banjo, you know, the son, that your mother still claims is your brother.

    February 23, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. Lee in TN

    It is absolutely sickening to see these republican governors acting like they are fiscally responsible. They were all on the take during the Bush/Cheney years. The federal government should give this money back to MI, IN, OH, WI, MN and all of the other states who have sent tax dollars to Washington for years, only to see it handed to the welfare states these republican governors represent i.e. SC, MS, LA, etc.
    One of the major reasons these states have always been welfare states is, these governors fighting to keep their workers from earning a decent wage while the businesses in their states rake in obscene profits.

    February 23, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |

    This is funny but I bet the Florida Governor is not playing politics. Christ may be dumb but he is not totally STUPID!!!

    February 23, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. Conservative, FL

    If Obama thinks he can half the deficit, while spending at the rate the Democrat run Congress is spending, without taxing us to death, he is crazy. Anyone who believes him is too. Anyone can fudge around with some numbers on paper and project unrealistically what is going to happen. If you don't cut spending, you can't reduce the deficit. Apparently, Mr. President and Congress need a "Budget for Dummies" class.

    February 23, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. Marge

    Isn't it interesting how the republicans elected to office to serve the people of their states are all SERVING THEMSELVES. Who is calling the shots on these republicans. Who is telling them to heck with the residents of their state, do anything and everything just to make obama and this administration look bad. Well keep it up you republicans because after 2010 it won't make much difference what a lot of you do when you return to the private sector...YOU ARE GOING TO BE SWEPT OUT OF OFFICE MORE SO THAN 2008.

    February 23, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. Angie

    I can understand why the mayors want control over the stimulus money. some of the govenors are nuts. they are NOT thinking about the people as usual.

    February 23, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. Rob

    You people are idiots taking the money is going to make your state worse off in the long run. All your taxes are going to skyrocket when you have pay it back. Get a brain stop watching cnn and nbc.

    February 23, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  11. xavier

    So what if peoples lives get ruined, and people die because they cant get proper medical care? These are all indicative of how the GOP views the middle class and the poor. The GOP has never cared about the little guy, and they never will. The only time they ever adress us when they want our vote. As for Jindal, it is scary when a politician will put his own political aspirations ahead of what is best for his state.

    February 23, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. mark l holland

    Actually to used all of the funds some state laws would have to be changed. The mayors do not have that authority. Any state that refuses any of the funds need to loose all of the funds.

    February 23, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. Deb in Colorado

    All the state legislatures can over-ride the governors so the states will still get the money and the governors can say they stood up for their principles. They are counting on the short-term memory of most voters that they put ideology before their constituents. .

    YBM – you just make yourself look petty and stupid by calling the President the anti-christ and calling people names bgecause you don't agree with them. Grow up and learn to live with the election results. I would rather a see deficit created by spending in the US than one created by tax cuts for the rich and a war in a place we never belonged.

    February 23, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  14. CHANGE we need

    I say fire all the Governors. They obviously have no brains and cannot manage/run a state. Bring in the Mayors and 'community organizers'...they stand A MUCH better chance of pulling this off., because they know the details of 'big government'.

    Look...this is just socialism in the works. To make it work, just have the fed gov cram it down the state's throats and dont give the governors the option.

    DemacRATS already said that politicians with mayoral or gubernatorial experience were useless politicans a la Huckabee, Romney and Palin. RATS...stick to your guns and make up your minds on who is qualified! "It depends..." only gets you so far when WE NEED CHANGE!!

    February 23, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Governors and mayors don't need to agree on everything.

    February 23, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. Lance

    Hey Y'all,
    The time for revolution is now (bloodless of course). If a majority of the people elected a governor and he or she is not doing what the majority want than kick their a$$ out. Too often we elect officials who say one thing and then do another. Then we wait for two years or four years to vote for someone else. In the meantime these officials can do as they please and we just complain but do nothing. Show them that we will not tolerate their insubordination and their arrogance. Show them that the majority rules, right or wrong. If you do nothing but complain than you are as bad as them and have no one to blame but yourselves.
    PS: Have a nice day!

    February 23, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Governors and mayors don't need to agree on everything. A compromise will do.

    February 23, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. ib

    HATE HATE is all the liberals know. When the taxes go off the chart so we can pay this back they will blame that on the GOP while we wallow in socialism which where this is going to put us.

    February 23, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. once upon a horse

    I have heard Republican senators, congressman, and now govenors all come out against this stimulus package, and they have every right to do so. What I haven't heard is what they would do as an alternative. More tax cuts for Rush Limbaugh and other rich folks? Do nothing and let the whole thing crash? Basically the people who make these decisions are not the ones that really have to worry about where their next paycheck is coming from. But they are doing it for the best for their states, right?

    February 23, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. Donald Boon Seattle

    Yes the southern GOP leaders want to keep the poor workers poor. That is what turning down the new unemployment is all about, or maybe they will move to a different state and it will become more RED.

    February 23, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. Simmy

    I think it behooves the State Legislatures of SC, Miss, CA, LA, to override the Governor's decree, and delegate the necessary monies to the states that need help. Sanford, Jindal, and Perry don't have anything to lose, because they plan to run for President in 2012. Gov. Barbour is just racist.

    February 23, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  22. yuri

    We, sure as heck, would like to know what Palin's thought process is. From what we have heard and read, she has not met BHO, and even though she is a governor, se could still prod and encourage mayors from Alaskan cities to hay hai to BHO.

    February 23, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. Lilly Rose

    Are the Republicans crazy!!?? There are people in their states – many of them supporters – who are suffering. How many more Republican seats must be lost before these people get it? By all means, don't take the money and watch your careers implode as the voters turn into an angry mob on election day and give you what you deserve. And none of that end-run by letting the legislature take the money inspite of what the governor says. If he says no, then the money should not go to that state. I PROMISE you that that governor can kiss his cushy job goodbye.

    February 23, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. Matt in MN

    @EC and the quote "WHO IN THE HELL TURNS DOWN BILLIONS IN DOLLARS? Unless you are Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or Oprah Winfrey…… WHAT IDIOT turns down billions?"

    Perhaps anyone who puts serious thought into HOW they're going to REPAY those billions of dollars in the future. I know, I know logical thinking like that doesn't make sense for people like yourself, it's spend spend spend - which is EXACTLY the mindset that got us into this current mess.

    There are strings attached to most things in life, there are lot of of items in the "stimulus" package that the Federal Government says they'll pay for, for the first year or two and then rather than expire they simply expect the state to fund them going forward. There are also many items that are simply pork projects that won't do anything to stimulate the state economy or better its infrastructure.

    When Governors (GOP or DEM, because there has been a few DEM Govs who have said they won't take it all either) say they won't take all of it, they're more than likely (not always but it's safe to assume the majority) would take money for items that will actually help people.

    So again, it's people like EC here, who say gimme gimme gimme without actually thinking about 1) where the money is coming and 2) how they're going to repay the money. It's not free money, not matter how much Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the others would like you to think it is.

    February 23, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. Rob Stumpf

    Of couse the mayors want every penny of the money they can get their paws on. They have often spent their cities into oblivion. They only care about THEIR political necks.

    Bailing out overspending states and cities is an awful idea in the first place. Once again, we are refusing to address the REAL problem that States and Cities have– overspending– and kicking the problem down the road a few years. Because when Miami has less incentive to solve their financial difficulties, they are ALSO less like to make the hard political choices that are necessary.

    I am glad to see that some governors are refusing some of the money, but I wish they would do more. Refuse all of it. The heck with big overspending government that tries to use money as a way to avoid reality.

    February 23, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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