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Region getting less as stimulus bill changes

   WASHINGTON — In the U.S. Senate, for Western New York, this is what bipartisanship looks like:

   — The elimination of $242 million in federal stimulus aid for the University at Buffalo.

   — The elimination of $130.5 million in school construction funding for Western New York and the Southern Tier.

   — The elimination of $25 billion for states, and a $7.5 billion reduction for school districts, to help balance their budgets.

   Those are among the changes Democrats in the Senate accepted  in order to lure a handful of Republican votes for a gigantic stimulus package aimed at boosting the struggling economy.

   Republicans simply said the government was spending too much, and universities, schools and states took a big hit when they started cutting.

   So what do you think — is bipartisanship such a good thing?

   — Jerry Zremski

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