State and local governments can expect a new, stronger relationship with the federal government than the one they have had for much of the past decade, Valerie Jarrett, assistant to President Obama for intergovernmental relations, told members of the National Association of Counties yesterday.

"I understand ... that your partnership with the federal government has been a little lacking in the last eight years ... We're here to change that. Not beginning today, but beginning on the day of the election," Jarrett said, speaking at NACo's annual legislative conference here.

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