Washington--Governor Butch Otter spent the weekend with President Barrack Obama and the Nation's Governors in a special economic stimulus meeting at the White House.
Otter is attending the National Governor's Association Meeting in Washington and the most obvious agenda item at the conference is the stimulus money. Otter has said he's worried that a blanket acceptance of the $787 billion stimulus package could hurt in the long run by increasing state taxes when federal funds run out. He says he doesnt want the stimulus turn into a permanent tax increase.
Democrat insiders have charged that Governors that turn down the money are "fringe governors," while those declining the money say their counterparts are out of touch.
According to the White House, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a nationwide effort to create jobs, jumpstart growth and transform the economy to compete in the 21st century. The compromise package of $789 billion will create or save 3.5 million jobs over the next two years. Jobs created will be in a range of industries from clean energy to health care, with over 90% in the private sector.