Struggling States Seeking More Aid From Washington

 Struggling States Seeking More Aid From Washington

BOSTON (AP) - Governors at their summer meeting this weekend in Boston are calling on Congress to pass stalled jobs legislation that includes billions of dollars in aid to states.
The National Governors Association is renewing its bipartisan push for the measure, which offers $35.5 billion for unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless and $16 billion for Medicaid. It would add an estimated $33 billion to the deficit, red ink that makes Republican and even some Democratic governors uneasy.
Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal says money from Washington isn't the answer to help cash-strapped states. The Democrat says "Each of us has to figure out a way to pare back the public's expectation of what government's going to pay for."
Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana, however, called for "a little less talk and a lot more action" from Washington.

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