Reed Seeks Slice of Obama’s Jobs Bill

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(AJC) — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed looks at President Barack Obama’s jobs bill and sees a fresh-baked pie of money.  And he intends to help determine how the slices are divvied up.  A frequent visitor to the nation’s capital, Reed is back this week for several meetings, including chats with members of the Georgia delegation at Congressional Black Caucus festivities. His top discussion topic with the delegation will be Georgia’s transportation needs, and Reed said in an interview Wednesday that the best opportunity to tap into the federal spigot is Obama’s jobs plan.  He hopes to do so on two fronts. The first is reimbursement for the city’s sewer overhaul, which could help stem Atlantans’ skyrocketing water bills. The second is to fund dredging for the Port of Savannah, which would allow it to take on larger ships coming through the newly expanded Panama Canal starting in 2014.

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