Chorus grows for new stimulus plan

October 11, 2008 4:55:37 PM PDT
Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Congressman Joe Courtney are among a growing number of officials asking the federal government to enact a second economic stimulus plan. Rell and Courtney have written separate letters to Washington leaders, saying Connecticut residents and municipalities need relief as the economy darkens.

Rell, a Republican, says state and local governments are struggling. She adds that everyday residents need help as they see their savings and investments erode.

Courtney, a Democrat, says creating new jobs and extending unemployment benefits to people who have been laid off also are critical.

The filing deadline to receive checks under the first economic stimulus package is Wednesday. The plan allocates $300 to $600 for individuals and $600 to $1,200 to couples.

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