Gibbons: I’m not a stimulus-loving governor

Gov. Jim Gibbons has embraced the aid to the states in the stimulus bill that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday, welcoming the $1.5 billion in federal money as a way to forestall deep cuts in the state’s budget for the next biennium. But today, Gibbons, a Republican, said he was not one of the GOP governors who enthusiastically backed the stimulus package.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., cited such governors in his speech to the Legislature today as evidence of the bill’s bipartisan appeal. "This bill had broad bipartisan support, especially from Republican governors from California to Florida and many states in between," Reid said.

Gibbons didn’t want to be included in that category. "I didn’t say I liked the whole thing," he said. "There are parts that will be difficult for us and parts that will be helpful. But like he (Reid) said, there is no perfect legislation."

A Gibbons spokesman previously said Gibbons was lobbying Nevada’s members of Congress to vote for the bill. The state’s three Democrats did, while its two Republicans did not.

Assembly Minority Leader Heidi Gansert, R-Reno, said Reid’s claim of bipartisan support was disingenuous considering only three Republican senators (whom Reid mentioned), and no Republicans in the House of Representatives, voted for the stimulus bill.

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