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To the president's meeting with the governors from one of the governors who was in that meeting just moments ago -- -- at Ohio governor Democrat Ted Strickland governor.
The president made some response to people that were critics of his plan in the in the -- he gave -- you governors today he.
Acknowledges there's critics but it doesn't some like anything's gonna change it on -- go forward with a plan as written.
Well I thought it was a good meeting as a candid meeting it was a friendly meeting over all the the discussion was open.
People had a chance to ask the president questions no scripted questions.
And I think we left the meeting feeling.
As a group that we were all in this together that the countries in need it and it's our obligation.
To work to try to get people back to work and get this economy back on track it was a good meeting I I I really.
I really thought that even those who may take exception with certain parts of the stimulus package.
Felt that it was a good meeting and that the president was open and candid and direct in his discussion with him.
Are you -- -- the president actually mentioned you by name this morning as someone that had been.
Already on the ball when it came to fiscal responsibility.
In your state I've financially because you are one of the states -- has been hard hit by.
The automobile industry particular plant closings in Ohio what that's like yeah unemployment rates there what -- gonna need this stimulus money.
You know -- -- -- what was the president talking about this morning.
Well in Ohio why I have tried to operates in him in a frugal manner understanding and respecting the tax dollar.
I have resisted.
Urges on the part of some to raise taxes in Ohio I think affected her classic the -- in the depression can make it lasts longer.
In Ohio we have reduced.
Our workforce by about 3000 since -- -- Governor.
But we're continuing as we live within our means to invest in those things that we think are most important and of course that's our children.
And education -- frozen.
We have put more money into elementary and secondary schools.
So we've tried to be cautious and careful with our use of the tax dollar understanding that these are very difficult times and we need to be frugal.
And and do the best we can to use the resources we have.
In a way that is transparent all right governor do you -- it does.
One nation -- governor mark Sanford and others are saying I don't wanna take the money because if I do.
Then I'm going to be now locked into a program and two years from now how do you -- do.
Some of these programs that help people how do you undo a government program how where you're gonna handle that when that money runs -- it in I don't really understand the logic.
That that reasoning people are in need now if resources are available now.
We use them.
If they aren't available to.
In two years did we make the tough decisions in two years that we would have had to me.
Right now without these without these resources I'm willing to make tough decisions and -- in two years.
Of the economy is still struggling and we are in need every -- spending I will do it I hit cut.
One point nine billion dollars out of our current budget and that wasn't easy but it was necessary and so I did it and in two years.
If the if the one time money.
Has not resulted in a recovery in and -- need to make additional cuts.
I will do it at that time I think it's as simple as that governors have to make decisions.
Sometimes those decisions are unpleasant.
But we must do it and I'm willing to do that.
Governor this is -- can I really pounded the president defined waist was that ever discussed.
You know they never really discussed waste -- -- but the president did point out and I think.
Accurately bad no no particular.
Piece of legislation that goes through congress.
Is like -- come out a perfect piece of legislation.
And it is impossible certainly to get 435.
The house of -- it is a hundred senators and fifty governors all to agree on every specific part.
Of a stimulus bill.
But by and large the president believes as -- -- that this stimulus bill.
It is a good effort that will have a positive result and if some governors subjective parts of it in don't want to take.
No one's forcing.
A governor to take anything they don't want to take it about I think overall it's a good effort.
Governor your points -- well taken however you know there's lot of complaints that you know just like Wall Street has had fiduciary duties and responsibilities gone out the window.
-- has been set -- congress when it comes to tax dollars we know this infrastructure idea only a fifth of the stimulus plan is going toward infrastructure spending.
What do you think of those complaints.
Well I I I don't think all.
Stimulus package -- -- for infrastructure I mean there -- other needs.
The need for unemployment compensation certainly.
And need for green collar jobs in in and in new energy or resources to improve our electricity grid to.
I mean there are lots of component parts to this stimulus package.
And I think by and large Republicans and Democrats alike think that.
The total of this package is it is a good package there may be specific pieces of it.
That they take exception to me and that's to be understood.
And every governor has a right to do that.
Governor we by and large we'd love to have you back on fox visits to give us an update on -- how your your budget is -- out there in Ohio.
Listen you invite me I promise you welcome back and talk thank you for having me today thank you got hundreds and Internet -- Democrat from Ohio but doctors say -- --
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