The next administration and Congress should consider a massive stimulus package or federal financial assistance to help states manage debt to help recover from the credit crunch, a number of leading economists and former government budget experts said here yesterday.

Speaking at a meeting on the financial crisis hosted by the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, many panelists said an economic stimulus package of up to $300 billion to $400 billion, possibly with infrastructure spending, could help in the short term. But others said it may be counterproductive and unlikely to be enacted.

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