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Local Reaction to Stimulus Package

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

Locally the stimulus package is the talk of the town as people gather in different forums to discuss the economy and how it's affecting them.
Most folks I talked to say they're hopeful... they say they hope this stimulus package can turn the economy around and of course, many say they hope to see a turn-around here at home.
Many of these young Tallahassee professionals just wrapped up a long day at work and hurried to meet up... but this isn't happy-hour.
They're at city Hall talking to state and local officials about the economy and what the federal stimulus package could mean for our area.
"To me, this is an opportunity for us to step up and really show what we can do," says Brenna Hooker, a young Tallahassee professional.
But local officials are more cautionary about the stimulus money.
"We an not allow these dollars to be mashed potatoes if you will. It has to be the gravy on the top," says Florida Representative Alan Williams.
"At the end of the day, we need to put people to work and now the question will be how fast can we get the money to people who are going to make a difference. How fast can we put people to work," explains Bryan Desloge, Leon County Commissioners.
The White House released the projected number of jobs the stimulus money could create.
In Florida, White House economists expect around 206 thousand new or saved jobs... and Georgia could see about 106 thousand.
"Long term we're hopeful that it will help a group that we're targeting that is meeting here tonight - the young people are our biggest resource," says Glenda Thornton, Volunteer President of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.
And just down the street at a meeting of the Village Square, a bi-partisan political discussion group, a more seasoned group of professionals were also talking to officials about the economy and the stimulus package.
"I was a Obama supporter during the election so a lot of what he plans in the stimulus I was a proponent of... I wanted," says Jen Robinson, a participant of Village Square.
Large crowds turned out at both event Tuesday night... and although some say they don't agree with everything in the stimulus package...
they still hope it works.

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