MANSFIELD -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said the economic recovery package -- which includes $7.9 billion for Ohio -- should benefit average Americans, not just corporate bottom lines.

"This package will create jobs and will help us get to the bottom of the recession faster than we could have otherwise," the Mansfield native told reporters during a conference call Wednesday afternoon.

According to Brown, the Senate version of the federal bill would deliver money to Ohio for infrastructure development. That includes $282.9 million for water and sewer projects, more than $900 million in highway funds and $203 million in investments in mass transit. It includes more than $3 billion in Medicaid funds, a program that consumes more than a third of the state budget.

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