President Barack Obama's program to
jump-start the economy with a flood of federal spending has put more
than $3 billion into the pockets of Virginians who need it -- the
working poor, unemployed and seniors, according to a liberal think tank.
Nearly a year ago, Gov. David A. Paterson went to court to fight for his appointment of Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor, a man whose acumen and experience the governor said could help the state weather its financial challenges.