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Obama wrapping up his address to the night nation's governors of the national governors association just a short time ago.
Obama and vice president Joe Biden outlining plans to distribute billions in stimulus funds to prop up state budgets.
Bolster health care spending and create millions of new jobs.
What does it mean for the average American joining us now from the White House lawn Ohio governor Ted Strickland governor Strickland be like what you heard.
I I like the very much what I heard and I think most of the governors did.
A lot of governors are well I I should say a lot but there are some Republican governors South Carolina governor -- Sanford.
Bobby jingle of Louisiana who are saying.
Others seem to be some strings attached to some of the stimulus money and we're not sure we want to take it.
How do you feel about that.
Well I will gladly accept in Ohio in the thing that they don't want it taken Louisiana or Mississippi but the fact is.
That's what they're objecting to is a very minor part of this stimulus package in quite frankly.
No governor's going to be forced to take anything they do not want to take.
But most of the governors -- Republican and Democrat alike.
Expressed appreciation for the stimulus package and he indicated they thought it was necessary.
And perhaps even more important.
We've committed to the president that these resources will be used in a transparent defensible way.
To create jobs to build needed infrastructure.
And to do the things that will put people back to work to get this economy moving forward again.
You have -- in effect that Ohio Ohio you're stating is is friendly to business you've got good tax policies you think.
Done -- make it possible for employers to do business there.
If that's the case -- should your people be carrying the load that that other states to do who maybe aren't as business friendly are not -- Well you know what we are one nation under god ended this is not a time for us to be.
Fragmented in this to start pulling ourselves apart I think we need to recognize.
That you the unique circumstances.
That we face as a nation.
Every state has different circumstances.
I'm only responsible for tried to do what I think is best for Ohio.
I have resisted calls to raise taxes because I think that would.
Heard our State's.
And make investment less likely to occur and perhaps deepen the recession.
And make it longer.
I'm so we've made a lot of tough decisions we have.
We have reduced spending.
There are 3000 fewer state employees in Ohio then now when I became governor just two years ago.
I'm trying to act responsibly I think every governor is doing the best that he or she can under these difficult circumstances.
And it's I think it's appropriate for us now.
To have a partnership.
Between the federal government and our states as we tried to.
Move through this the economic recession and look forward to a time of recovery what about concerns of the deficit.
Spending that's involved here when your -- trillion dollars or so and and spending at them borrowing it essentially is that.
Can turn concern you long term.
Well it concerns me long term obviously and I believe we need to be frugal with the tax dollar.
But I also believe John that.
Because of the circumstances that we face now.
Quite quite unique I mean our country probably has not faced such circumstances perhaps ever certainly not for several decades.
This recession is not only.
-- happening in America it's increasingly happening around the world.
And I I think this calls for extraordinary action.
Because of the extraordinary nature of the circumstances that we face but we cannot continue obviously.
As as part of my.
Political friends has said in the past we cannot can continue to spend like drunken sailors.
Oh we've we've got to be fiscally prudent thing careful with the tax dollar.
But I do believe that given the circumstances that we face we simply.
Just allow things unfold.
And have remained passive -- I think if there ever was a time.
For bold action it's now -- I think that's what this stimulus package represents.
Ted Strickland the democratic governor of Ohio just out of that meeting with the president along with the other 49 government.
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