Kerry Calls for 25 Billion Dollars to Aid States

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is offering an economic proposal that includes massive federal aid to states.

His plan would set aside 25 billion dollars a year for two years to help states struggling with budget deficits.

Kerry says that to cover those deficits, states have been forced to boost college tuition and taxes. And he says these increases have more than offset any tax cuts people got under President Bush's plan.

The Massachusetts Democrat also is calling for raising the minimum wage. And, Kerry wants to provide a tax credit on the first four-thousand dollars a year a family spend on college tuition.

He outlined his plan at an appearance in Des Moines, Iowa.

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