Congressman John Salazar Stops in Grand Junction

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

The economic stimulus plan making it's way through Washington D.C. would send money to many sectors and states throughout the country.
The big question for local residents though is how much will Mesa County receive if the plan goes through?
United State Congressman John Salazar (D - Colorado) voted for the bill and tonight he made a stop in Grand Junction to answer that very question.
From building new highways to water treatment plants the main goal for the plan is new jobs.
Friday night, Congressman Salazar explained to dozens of Mesa County residents why he chose to vote yes on President Barack Obama's latest stimulus plan, "We've lost over 50,000 jobs this week alone, and we need to stabilize that by putting a bottom on those job losses."
According to those supporting the stimulus package, the best way to get people back to work is investing in construction projects, for roads and bridges and more clean energy.
Salazar also says Mesa County can expect to see more than three million dollars for projects with some of the investments being used for improving the state's water supply.
Not everyone at City Hall thought it was a perfect plan.
"A lot of concerns regarding this [stimulus plan]," says small business owner Tom Keenan.
He says he does not like many of the ideas in the package.
Including tax credits for businesses going out of business and reports of tax rebates of around five hundred dollars per person.
"Why not just say, 'OK you hardworking people, no income tax for a couple months,' then you take that money and put it in the pockets of workers."
If it is approved, Salazar fully expects this plan to kick–start the economy.
President Obama hopes he can sign–off on the stimulus plan by President's Day, but there is still one more hurdle before the it gets to the Oval Office, the U.S. Senate will vote next.


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