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Boxer Wants More Bucks for Building

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Aired 4/19/09

California Senator Barbara Boxer says she supported the compromise vote in the Senate today on the stimulus package. But she plans to fight for more money for infrastructure to help put people back to work in California and San Diego. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The San Diego region has come up with a list of $7 billion worth of construction projects that would be ready to go, if the stimulus package provides the money.

 

Senator Boxer wants to see more dollars for infrastructure when the final version of the package is passed.

 

Boxer: "San Diego along could take 7 billion … the entire program in the House is about 50 billion in the Senate it’s less, so lets say the infrastructure is 50 billion and California gets 5 or 6 billion that’s not enough for the whole state. "

 

Boxer says individual cities will have to fight to make sure money for local projects reaches them and is not held up at the state level.

 

She says she hopes to see the package pass both Houses of Congress in the next five days.

 

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is in Washington to lobby for funds for San Diego.

 

Alison St John, KPBS news.

 

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