February 23rd, 2009
05:25 PM ET
11 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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  1. Wolf-Woman Palin Charlotte, NC

    Mayors want full access to stimulus...

    then get your idiotic Govs to receive it! It is really is a rather simple procedure. But if you are unlucky enough to have a Pub wanta-be President, you may have a problem.

    February 23, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. Jean

    We have to fight for our freedoms, also, economic and our national security freedoms.

    It was Ronald Reagan who said that freedom is always just one generation away from extinction. We don't pass it to our children in the bloodstream; we have to fight for it and protect it, and then hand it to them so that they shall do the same, or we're going to find ourselves spending our sunset years telling our children and our children's children about a time in America, back in the day, when men and women were free.

    February 23, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. TheMason

    I was watching a re-run of 'Boston Legal' the other day, the episode entitled 'Patriot Acts'. At his summation, Alan Shore talked about how the Patriot Act was pushed through in a time of need and attacked Republican and Democrat alike. His point was the people in DC pushed through a very bad bill that erodes what it means to be an American. At its core the bill went against our very ideals. Mr. Shore proceeded to blast Democrats for moving to quickly and, in panic mode voted for a bill they did not read.

    Does any of this sound familar?

    The truth is no change has come. The Democrats are in firm and full control now. And in continuity with the Bush legacy of 'panic politics' has pushed through a very flawed bill that few have read.

    Many of the comments on this board are blasting governors for looking at rejecting stimulus money as being insane or putting party first. But have you considered the strings that come with these bills? Have you considered the future ramifications of accepting this money?

    If the bill gave the states the money and simply said: "spend it" that would be great. States and cities could spend their money as it is needed locally. Mayors and STATE legislators are the government officials who best know where the money in their locale needs to go.

    But that it is not what this bill does. What it does is say "spend it...the way I tell you to". It forces the governments to create new programs that once created will not go away...EVEN WHEN FEDERAL DOLLARS ARE NO LONGER MANDATED. Two, four, ten years down the road the states will be facing the budgetary crisis. Furthermore, the VAST majority of the spending won't go into effect until after 2009/2010 when most economists agree it will do the most good.

    So I hate to break it to you who are blinded by your ideology...but perhaps the Govs are doing the right thing.

    February 23, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Linda

    What no one seems to be mentioning is the fact that some of this money is to be used for things that these Governors know that they can't continue after the stimulus money runs out. If they continue the programs, they will have to raise taxes in their states. They are think responsibility for the people of their states. We are spending money that we don't have and that is what created this problem to begin with. President Obama needs to quit whining about the mess he inherited, when he was running for President –he and a lot of people thought that he would have NO problem solving all of this. Now that he has it, how long can he continue to blame President Bush??

    February 23, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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