Riley says Obama interested in governors' needs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley says he found
President-elect Barack Obama very engaging when he met with him
along with other governors.

The meeting took place Tuesday at Independence Hall in

Riley said the governors talked to Obama about ways to stimulate
the economy and the president-elect seemed to have a personal
interest in what they had to say.

Riley says he told Obama one way to help the states would be
reduce federal mandates that require the states to spend money. He
said the mandates have particularly hurt Alabama's Medicaid

The governor says he urged Obama to structure any stimulus
package so it would not be a one-time infusion of cash, but a plan
to stimulate the economy for four or five years.

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