GOV.-ELECT NIXON STATEMENT:
"The economic challenges we face are historic, and in order to solve them, we will need a historic bi-partisan effort. Because when a crisis hits, whether it be a national security crisis or an economic crisis, we must put politics aside and come together for the good of our Missouri families. We must all share in the sacrifice, and we must all be part of the solution. That’s why I will be asking Democratic and Republican lawmakers to join with me in taking bold steps to make government more efficient, more effective and more responsive to Missouri families.
"The people of Missouri want to take our state in a new direction, and that’s exactly what we’ll do. Working together, we will create new jobs, make health care more accessible and help middle-class families make ends meet. But in doing so, we’ll live within our means and create a government that is more efficient and responsive. That’s how we’ll bring about the change our state needs.
"Earlier today, I joined other Governors and Governors-elect to discuss our economic challenges with President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden. The President-elect clearly understands the pain that families are feeling, and he has indicated that his administration will work aggressively to pass the type of economic stimulus package that will help us move Missouri forward," said Gov.-elect Nixon.
LOCAL G.O.PS WITHHOLD REACTION:
Republican Rep. Shane Schoeller, Willard (139th): "I'd like to see more data before I comment too quickly. I think we've all been anticipating a budget shortfall."
Republican Rep. Bob Dixon, Springfield (140th): "I'll be interested to see the specifics of it. We've all been waiting to see the consensus revenue estimate."