On Monday, Obama asked Congress to ready an economic stimulus program for him to sign as soon as possible after he takes office on Jan. 20. Estimates of the spending range from $500 billion to $700 billion over two years, and Democratic congressional officials say it could aid cash-strapped states to provide health care to the poor, along with road and bridge funding.
Many economists think that aid to state and local governments should be tops on the agenda for any new stimulus spending, as they have less borrowing authority than the federal government during an economic downturn. That means that states are slashing budgets as the slowdown causes tax revenues fall.
Rendell is the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania. Though a supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primary race, he campaigned for Obama in the general election and was mentioned as a possible Cabinet member under an Obama administration, possibly as Energy or Transportation secretary. He has ruled that out, however, and pledged to remain in his current post until 2011.
It wasn't immediately known how many governors would attend the gathering on Tuesday. But governors from both parties were invited.