JEFFERSON CITY — President Barack Obama's plan to boost the economy with $50 billion of infrastructure spending is getting bipartisan criticism from Missouri's leading Senate candidates.
Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said Thursday the proposal "doesn't seem like a practical way to solve" high unemployment and a lagging economy.
Republican Congressman Roy Blunt called it "purely political." He said Obama could take $50 billion out of the $814 billion stimulus plan passed last year rather than asking for new spending authority.
Blunt and Carnahan both expressed support for two other parts of Obama's latest plan — an extension of a research tax credit and accelerated tax write-offs for businesses that expand plants or buy equipment.