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    • Stateline Story
    January 16, 2009
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    State officials got their first look of the massive economic package worth $825 billion that Congress promises to deliver next month to President-elect Barack Obama, and many liked what they saw.  
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    • Stateline Story
    December 18, 2008
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    Mayors and county officials say they should get federal infrastructure dollars instead of states getting the infusion of economic-stimulus cash. But state officials say they set statewide transportation priorities better than local governments do.
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    • Stateline Story
    November 14, 2008
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    States aren't waiting for help from Washington, D.C., to boost their economies. More than half a dozen have passed or proposed their own economic stimulus packages designed to reinvigorate local businesses with new construction, loans to hometown banks and other job-creating activities.
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    • Stateline Story
    August 27, 2008
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    Aug. 27, 2008, 4:00 p.m. EDT Q. What serious issue in your state would you like the next president to address? Wisconsin on jobsKeeping jobs in America. It is so important. We are losing jobs in Wisconsin. We have a GM plant (in Janesville) that is going to close down. And those are thousands of jobs. We also have a paper factory who has left us. We have another one that planning on closing. We also have small cheese factories that have closed. We don't have jobs for these people to go to. You can retrain them on jobs … skills and things. But where do they go for jobs? The jobs are not there. They are going to either overseas, or just gone... That is the biggest concern. Because if you don't have a job, you have nothing. You can't go the store and buy the bread and milk that we need to survive, or the food. And you can't, of course, afford mortgages. ... You can't even rent if you don't have a job. ... You have to have a job to survive in life. -Wisconsin delegate Mary Goulding of Greenbay, 57, secretary with the public school district interviewed by Barbara Rosewicz, Stateline.org Maine on energy Energy costs are a strong issue for me because obviously we have cold winters and not a lot of people. There's the whole discussion about being on the energy grid and how we can leverage that and get our money's worth, but the good side is that we are uniquely positioned for wind energy and tidal energy, and I really believe Barack Obama is committed to renewable energy and not just drilling and trying to find more oil in our oceans.-Maine delegate Jennifer DeChant, 35, of Bath interviewed by Pamela M. Prah, Stateline.org New Mexico on health careI have four children and six grandsons.Seniors need help. If they don't get it, they are burdens to their families. In New Mexico, jobs aren't good enough for employers to pay employees adequate health insurance. -New Mexico delegate Mary Gail Gwaltney of Las Cruces, 73, retired interviewed by Stephen C. Fehr, Stateline.org   AFTER THE JUMP: Audio and photos from the interviews Comments
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    • Stateline Story
    March 3, 2005
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    Fixing the Medicaid mess is a top priority for America's governors, but job creation and affordable housing also emerged as concerns when Stateline.org recently questioned governors about the biggest challenges facing their states. more

    • Stateline Story
    February 9, 2005
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    Competition is mounting among states to woo Hollywood producers to film on location, and tax breaks are mattering more than the perfect scenery. more

    • Stateline Story
    January 31, 2005
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    Here is a shortlist of state governments with the strongest performance -- and the weakest -- in managing information, money, people, and roads and buildings, as ranked by the Government Performance Project. more

    • Stateline Story
    January 11, 2005
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    Laws that require state agencies to set aside a portion of their contracts for minority-owned businesses have been around since the 1960s. But racial preference programs have been dogged by the threat of legal challenges, so some states are getting creative and devising new approaches to expanding diversity in business ownership. more

    • Stateline Story
    November 16, 2004
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    From the Appalachian hollows of West Virgina to the big skies of Montana, the nations seven new governors have a common priority -- creating employment opportunities. Despite regional diversity and party differences, most of the new governors come from corporate backgrounds and are promising to reform their states tax codes, reduce health care costs for business and employees and improve education and job training. more

    • Stateline Story
    October 8, 2004
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    The Republican and Democratic governors associations are little known to the public, but they now rank as the two biggest players in garnering millions of dollars in soft money contributions from corporations and labor groups to help sway state elections. In fund raising, the two associations eclipse headline-grabbing groups such as the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and MoveOn.org, which are trying to sway the presidential election. more

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