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    Early Word: Push for Transportation

    President Obama held a meeting on Monday morning with mayors, governors and current and former transportation secretaries to discuss his plan for a major initiative to repair and modernize the nation’s roads, rails and air systems.

    Economists at the Treasury Department and Mr. Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers say this is the “optimal time” to invest in public infrastructure because of high unemployment and lower prices in the construction industry. Politically, it’s another story.

    Among those who headed to the White House were former transportation secretaries Norman Y. Mineta, a Democrat who served for the second President Bush, and Samuel K. Skinner, a Republican who served for the first. They released their own report making similar recommendations to the administration.

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