Rell to Meet With Obama, Biden

Gov. M. Jodi Rell will spend some time with the president-elect Tuesday. 

Rell and governors from across the country will be in Philadelphia to meet with President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden

On the agenda - a stimulus package that would create jobs and get local economies moving again, Rell said. 

“The state and federal governments must be partners in developing remedies that will lead to a speedy economic recovery,” she said in a news release. 

Rell is looking for a stimulus package that focuses on investments in public infrastructure, Medicaid reimbursement funding and money for unemployment benefits. 

She is recommending that funding for infrastructure projects should be 100 percent federally funded rather than requiring states to have the traditional 20 percent match.

“The federal government can help us by providing more funding for unemployment insurance, by investing in infrastructure projects that will create jobs and by increasing Medicaid reimbursements to states because Medicaid costs are one of the biggest component of any state budget,” Rell said.

State Comptroller Nancy Wyman estimates that the budget deficit for the current year is $338 million. 

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