Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is among a group of the nation's governors, pleading with the President-Elect for financial help.
President-Elect Barack Obama is met with Beshear and others in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
The recession has left many states struggling to keep programs in place just as needs are increasing.
Kentucky faces an almost half billion dollar budget shortfall between now and next summer.
Beshear says he favors an economic stimulus package, including help for states, that the Obama wants on his desk when he is sworn into office.