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The Reviews Are In

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)  
“I think that it [the recovery plan] is a terrific package…I think that he has done a great job. And I think California benefits tremendously from that $80 billion that is tax benefits there of around $35 billion. There's other advantages, $45 billion of monies that go to transportation, to education, to health care, and all those different areas. And there's even some money in there that could benefit our -- our revenues or, I should say, our budget itself. We have a trigger language built in there so that, if some money comes to that, then we will reduce the cuts and we will increase the spending.” [ABC News This Week, 2/22/09]

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R)

“The money is a real shot in the arm. It could not come at a better time for states that need the help…I have to do in my heart what I think is good for the people and I think this bill is great for the people.” [McClatchy Newspapers, 2/21/09]

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D)
“I think it's important for people to understand the stimulus package is about jobs. It's about making America more efficient in our roads building, greening America's schools. It's a great opportunity to put America back to work and make us more efficient.” [KULR-TV, 2/23/09]

South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds (R)
The economic recovery plan “means less pain for the people of South Dakota and it also means that we should be able to stabilize some of the expenditures. We won't have to make as dramatic of cuts as we otherwise would have had to have made.” [KSFY-TV, 2/21/09]  

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D)
“We're very pleased with the speed, the size and . . . the bold leadership of the administration to get to where we are.” [Asbury Park Press, 2/23/09]  

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D)
“My people are suffering. My people are hurting. They need that extra money. And right now that's paramount in my mind.” [AFP, 2/22/09]

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue (D)
“It's going to quickly put some people in our state to work.” [AP, 2/17/09]

Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R)

“Now the stimulus money comes in and it basically allows us to backfill in many of these critical areas like public and higher education and healthcare. So we can now take the transportation money that was taken off the table a couple of months ago back to where it was originally intended.” [Reuters, 2/22/09]

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell (R)
“The task before us now is to identify the projects that will do the most to get people back to work, get our economy moving again and position us for success when the national business climate improves.” [AP, 2/16/09]  

Hawai'i Gov. Linda Lingle (R)
“Hawai'i is set up to take maximum advantage of funds that help us achieve our long-range goals…We're ahead of the curve ... and want to use these funds to help create jobs in our state, to help preserve our infrastructure and to help improve quality of life.” [Honolulu Advertiser, 2/23/09]

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D)
The economic recovery bill is “not just a ‘Band-Aid' on a problem. This is an opportunity to transform the economy.” [Washington Post, 2/21/09]

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D)

“This package contains enormous opportunities for Massachusetts, particularly in the areas of infrastructure, education and funding for safety net services.” [South Coast Today, 2/23/09]

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D)
“As a state, we understand very well just how important the educational mission is to the economic opportunities we hope for our children and grandchildren ... And now we have an opportunity, thanks to President Obama and the leadership in Congress, to be able to protect that investment in the next two years ahead.” [Southern Maryland News, 2/21/09]

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D)
“This to me is not about a philosophical theory…This is about real people who through no fault of their own are laid off because of a recession. They need to be able to put food on the table.” [AFP, 2/22/09]

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D)
“We will use those resources to make sure that college tuition doesn't explode, that we are going to invest in elementary and secondary education, to provide quality child care for our kids. We need these resources. And I'm very happy that the congress and the president is providing this resource to our states…I think it's necessary and appropriate that the administration and the Congress is helping us out in these ways.” [CBS, 2/22/09]

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R)
“We will take it. We will try to spend it prudently and wisely and in our case we'll try to invest it for the future of our state…so that we're a stronger Indiana when this is over.” [WTHR-TV, 2/23/09]  

Guam Gov. Felix Camacho (R)
“We will work to improve our infrastructure using the Economic Stimulus Plan, the 2030 Territorial Highway Plan and other Guam Master Plan funds with accountability and safety in mind…We will rebuild, repair and extend our infrastructure to protect Guam's economic competitiveness as well as its environmental sustainability.” [Pacific News Center, 2/23/09]