The Governor says Wisconsin will be ready to implement any plans from President-elect Barack Obama's to help jumpstart the economy.
During a speech on Thursday, Obama said "dramatic action" is needed to help restore the nation's struggling economy. Obama outlined a strategy that would invest in alternative energy, implement tax cuts, and provide states with budget assistance.
Governor Jim Doyle says a major component of that plan will be to create new jobs, by starting projects that will get people work as quickly as possible. Doyle says it's a "bold" plan that needs to move forward through Congress as quickly as possible.
Overall, the Governor expects Wisconsin will receive about two-percent of a national stimulus package. A specific dollar amount is not known, but Doyle doubts it will be enough to address all the needs of Wisconsin. He says the state will need to develop some clear criteria for deciding what projects will be a priority.
Congress could pass a stimulus package as early as February.