Obama lays out plan to pick up the economy
The Star Tribune reports Saturday that President-elect Barack Obama promised the largest public works construction program since the creation of the interstate highway system.
The article says that he is seeking to put together a plan to resuscitate the reeling economy.
With no end to the recession in sight, Obama began highlighting elements of the economic recovery program he is trying to fashion with congressional leaders. He hopes to get this moving shortly after he is sworn in on Jan. 20.
Obama is looking to expand the definition of traditional work programs for the middle class, such as infrastructure projects to repair roads and bridges.
He also wants to push a federal effort to bring in new-era jobs in technology and so-called green jobs.
"We need action -- and action now," Obama said in the Democrats' weekly address Saturday.
Obama and his team are working with congressional leaders to devise a spending package that some have suggested could total somewhere between $400 billion to $700 billion.
According to the article, "a big part of that will be public works spending, particularly on projects aimed at conserving or expanding energy supplies and cleaning up the environment."