New York state’s two senators want the president to know that they can take a handout graciously, unlike some people. From a press release sent out by their offices:
New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer are asking President Obama to direct unwanted funds from the economic recovery package to New York. A number of Republican Governors have recently stated that they planned to refuse money from the Economic Recovery plan for their state.
“New York receives 78 cents from the federal government for every dollar we send to Washington,” wrote the senators [in a letter to the president]. “If other states are willingly refusing federal support in this time of economic crisis, New York should benefit given our ‘donor state’ status.”