Riley, Folsom agree stimulus package needed

Published 4:55 pm Thursday, January 29, 2009

Alabama’s governor and lieutenant governor agree that Congress should pass an economic stimulus plan, but they disagree about which one it should be.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. says he supports the House package that passed Wednesday. He says it’s dramatic action that must be taken for America to have an economic recovery.

Republican Gov. Bob Riley said Thursday he prefers the package being discussed in the Senate. He says it treats states more fairly than the House version. He said some states got projects built into the House version before other states knew that was an option.

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Both of Alabama’s U.S. senators and all but Rep. Artur Davis among its seven House members oppose the House stimulus plan.