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State leaders to Washington: Help!

October 17, 2008 |  5:17 pm


Just how bad is California's economy? Some politicians are calling for the federal government to launch what sounds a lot like a Marshall Plan for the state.

A trio of Democratic legislative leaders asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today to rescue California from economic stagnation by pressuring Congress for more aid to the state.

In a letter to the governor, Don Perata and Darrell Steinberg (Senate president pro tem and pro tem-elect, respectively) joined Assembly Speaker Karen Bass to argue that any economic stimulus plan passed in Washington must have some specific medicine for California's particularly sick economy.

"Such aid to states is not unprecedented and was a key component of the economic stimulus packages enacted by Congress and approved by the President following the 9/11 attacks," the letter says.

"Without state and federal intervention, many more families will be forced to rely on public assistance, putting increased pressure on a shrinking tax base.  These trends pose a serious threat to California's economic future," the trio wrote, asking for focused investment in California and other distressed states.

--Patrick McGreevy

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