President-elect Obama Meets with Governors in Philadelphia
President-elect Obama will convene a meeting on Dec.2 in Philadelphia with the nation’s governors to discuss the impact of the economic crisis that affects their budgets.
Pennsylvania was one of the critical states that deliver a decisive win for Mr. Obama. A trip to Pennsylvania will further reinforce the voters’ confidence in the Obama presidency.
According to Nick Shapiro, a spokesman for the Obama transition office, the President-elect wants to know the governors’ opinions on shaping the economic stimulus package.
Most of the nations’ governors will attend this short-noticed meeting, which will be hosted by Pennsylvania Democrat Governor Ed Rendell, Chairman of the National Governors Association (NGA), and Co-Chair, Vermont Republican Governor Jim Douglas.
Some 40 governors and governors-elect are expected to attend the bi-partisan meeting that will be held at Independence Hall, Philadelphia.
It’s likely that the governors will talk about the needs for their states to repair and improve the roads, bridges, sewage systems, and mass transit.
Presumably, they will also ask for money to upgrade or improve their states’ infrastructures. These potential new jobs are not the kind of jobs that can be outsourced overseas, which will boost the states' economy.
This type of public works fits well in President-elect Obama’s plan to deliver 2.5 million new jobs by 2011.
It is good that they are meeting now, and more importantly, that their dialogues continue when Mr. Obama takes office.