Titus says Nevada should take the stimulus funds

Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., a longtime Nevada legislative leader before winning her U.S. House seat in 2008, said Wednesday that state lawmakers should take all the federal stimulus funds they can get to ensure that essential services aren't wiped out.

"I beseech you not to leave any of that money on the table because if you do, that money will just go to other states, and Nevadans need it drastically," said Titus, who served for 15 years as state Senate minority leader.

"This isn't a liberal or a conservative issue, this isn't a partisan issue, this is a Nevada issue, and those dollars need to come to the state for those needed programs."

Titus, who lost a race for governor in 2006 to Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons, told reporters after her speech that she's concerned about Gibbons' "inconsistent message" on taking all of the $1.5 billion in stimulus funds.

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