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GOP's Brown Calls For Stimulus 'Czar's' Ouster

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Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown says Gov. Deval Patrick should fire his so-called "stimulus czar" after a congressman complained the state wasn't spending its federal funds quickly enough.

Brown said in a statement Jeffrey Simon has let down workers in a state with near-double digit unemployment, especially construction workers.

Rep. James Oberstar says Massachusetts ranks 49th in putting its share of federal highway stimulus funds to work. The Minnesota Democrat, who chairs the House Transportation Committee, says the state has spent only 23 percent- or $99 million - of its $437 million.

Patrick says the state is not only doing quick-hit jobs like road repaving, but more substantive jobs that will create long-term investment. It has also met all spending deadlines and thresholds.

This program aired on October 5, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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