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Groups of states are bypassing the federal government to form their own regional economic re-opening plans

President Trump assembled a team Monday whose task it is to figure how to re-open the American economy as the country continues to deal with the novel COVID-19 coronavirus.

There weren't too many surprises. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Director of the United States National Economic Council Larry Kudlow, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer all made the cut, as did Trump's daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. The list elicited some eye rolls from Trump critics.

And it sounds like several states don't have too much faith in the federal government's ability to get things back up and running smoothly, either. So, they're taking matters into their own hands to make sure there is a consistent response across state lines that will help deter a coronavirus rebound. The governors of states in the Northeast announced they're teaming up to form their own regional plan.

The three West Coast states, who have received praise for their handling of the pandemic, are prepared to do something similar, as well. Tim O'Donnell