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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

NGA-0801TX on Jan 28, 2008

Letter: $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants
Source: Letter from 37 governors to House & Senate Leadership
The nation's governors urge you to include state countercyclical funding as part of your legislation to stimulate the economy. This would include $6 billion in Medicaid assistance by freezing scheduled federal FMAP reductions and increasing all states' F Congress approved $20 billion in assistance to states, including $10 billion in Medicaid and $10 billion in block grants. The governors' current stimulus proposal is essentially the same, with the exception that it is a total of $12 billion as opposed to $20 billion. This proposal can be enacted quickly, as there is precedent and it is timely, temporary and targeted.

Additionally, governors appreciate federal efforts to use tax policy to get additional money into the hands of consumers and businesses to stimulate the economy. When considering tax changes to spur economic growth, governors urge Congress and the Administration to follow the maxim of "Do no harm" by avoiding changes at the federal level that would diminish state tax revenues or force state actions that would undermine the effectiveness of federal efforts.

We look forward to working with you to enact the appropriate stimulus program.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Question 11: Higher taxes on the wealthy Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Tax Reform
  • Headline: $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants (Score: 1)

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Democrats participating in NGA-0801TX

John Baldacci s1sMaine Democrat 
Mike Beebe s1sAR Democratic Governor 
Steve Beshear s1sKY Democratic Governor 
Rod Blagojevich s1sIL Former Democrat Governor (2003-2009) 
Jon Corzine s1sNJ Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Chet Culver s1sIA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
Jim Doyle s1sWI Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) 
Mike Easley s1sNC Democrat Governor (elected 2000; retired 2008) 
Christine Gregoire s1sWA Former Democratic Governor (2005-2013) 
Tim Kaine s1sVA Democratic Challenger 
Ted Kulongoski s1sOR Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) 
John Lynch s1sNH Former Democratic Governor (2005-2013) 
Ruth Ann Minner s1sDE Former Democrat Governor (retired 2008) 
Martin O`Malley s1sMD Democratic Governor 
Deval Patrick s1sMA Democratic Governor 
Ed Rendell s1sPA Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) 
Bill Richardson s1sNM Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) and Cabinet Sec'y 
Bill Ritter s1sCO Former Democratic Governor (2006-2010) 
Kathleen Sebelius s1sKS Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002); Cabinet Sec'y (HHS) 
Eliot Spitzer s1sNY Former Democratc Governor (2007-2008) 
Ted Strickland s1sOH Former Democratic Governor (2006-2010) 

Republicans participating in NGA-0801TX

Matt Blunt s1sMO Former Republican Governor (retired 2008) 
Jim Douglas s1sVT Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Jim Gibbons s1sNevada Republican 
John Hoeven s1sND Former Republican Governor (2000-2010) 
Tim Pawlenty s1sMN Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Jodi Rell s1sCT Former Republican 
Bob Riley s1sAL Former Republican Governor (until 2010) 
Mike Rounds s1sSD Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Arnold Schwarzenegger s1sCA Former Republican Governor (2003-2010) 

Independents participating in NGA-0801TX

Charlie Crist s1sFL 2010 Republican Senate Challenger; currently Governor 
Jennifer Granholm s1sMI Previously Democratic Governor 
Brad Henry s1sOK Previously Democratic Governor 
Jon Huntsman s1sUT Former GOP Governor (2005-2009); Ambassador to China 
Janet Napolitano s1sUS Cabinet 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 21
Republicans: 9
Independents: 5

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