Obama's Philadelphia Meeting With Governors

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Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has a satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an ISDN line.

Dr. Donald Kettl
Professor of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania

• Author of the forthcoming book “The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them.”

• Founder of TheNextGovernment.com, a project of Penn’s Fels Institute of Government.

“Behind the headlines of the financial meltdown, state and local governments have quietly been slipping much deeper into a financial crisis of their own. The implications, in service cuts and program rollbacks, are just starting to emerge, from fewer fire stations to delayed maintenance of critical infrastructure.
“The governors are coming here to Philadelphia to ask what assistance the federal government might be able to direct their way. It’s much more than one more request for aid. We’re in the midst of a fundamental redefinition of the federal government’s policies toward state and local governments. As the Obama administration prepares for office, this will be a critical issue, for it will be impossible to move forward on domestic policy initiative without strong partnerships with the states and cities.”