Obama jobs plan splits leaders of strapped states

September 12, 2011 - 3:05 AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Barack Obama's latest job-stimulus plan could direct $130 billion to state and local governments.

For some governors and state lawmakers, that's a welcome solution for crumbling roads, schools and laid off public safety workers. Others are wary that it will be only a temporary patch for deep budget holes that is unlikely to make much of a long-term difference.

Perspectives on the president's job plan have varied by political affiliation, with many Democrats for it and many Republicans remaining skeptical.

David Adkins, executive director of the Council of State Governments, says Obama's plan could help states close critical budget gaps. But he also says many states would prefer that Congress provide long-term funding certainty by reauthorizing federal transportation spending and education programs.