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    Mar 2008


    The Associated Press: Some governors unsure about taking stimulus money

    Some governors unsure about taking stimulus money

    3 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) Governors usually don't argue about whether they should take money from the federal government, just how much they should get. Yet some chief executives are divided over President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan and whether the billions it offers is always a good deal.

    Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss., has said he is considering turning down millions of dollars in unemployment aid because it would force his state to raise taxes when the stimulus money runs out by putting in place a tax on employers. Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal shares that concern about strings attached to stimulus dollars as well as the plan's overall approach to dealing with the economic crisis.

    "I don't think the best way to do that is for the government to tax and borrow more money," Jindal said Sunday on "Meet the Press" on NBC. "If all they do is borrow federal money and give it to the states, all we're really doing is delaying the inevitable. We're eventually going to have to make these hard choices anyway."

    Republican governors in town for the National Governor's Association meeting played down a split over the stimulus plan. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist was among those who said they are behind the plan even if they have qualms about it.

    "There are times when you're in a crisis and we all need to work together in order to get through those crises. And I think that this is one of those times," Crist said on NBC.

    One congressman announced legislation Sunday to make it easier for states that want the money to get a share of the funds others pass up. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., said his proposal would reallocate funds from the five states Alaska, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Idaho that say they might reject some portions of their stimulus money.

    "If some governors decide to reject the money, 45 other states should be able to use it to create thousands of jobs," Weiner said. "We have plenty of projects across the country that will put people to work and help achieve long term economic growth and stability."

    Gov. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., has criticized the stimulus plan, as has Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the party's 2008 vice presidential nominee who traveled to Washington last month to press for her state's share of the money. Palin, busy with her state's legislative session, did not attend the NGA meeting.

    Some Democrats took a harder line Saturday at a press conference arranged by the Democratic Governors Association to praise Obama for his leadership on the stimulus. DGA Chairman Brian Schweitzer of Montana and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley dismissed GOP detractors as "fringe" Republicans eager to score political points.

    "All of us are committed to working with President Obama to pull our nation's economy out of the ditch that George W. Bush ran it into," O'Malley said. "If some of the fringe governors don't want to do that, they need to step aside and not stand in the way of the nation's interests."

    The line drew a rebuke from Sanford, the Republican Governors Association chairman.

    "I think in this instance I would humbly suggest that the real fringe are those that are supporting the stimulus," Sanford said. "It is not at all in keeping with the principles that made this country great, not at all in keeping with economic reality, not in keeping with a stable dollar, and not in keeping with the sentiments of most of this country."
    California, of course, took the money with glee :/ .

  2. #62
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    Jun 2008


    They're unsure of taking all the money available. Meaning, most will still take a big chunk.

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    Aug 2008


    I feel really sorry for the GOP governors. There's really no way they can win here. I think some will basically take all the aid, so they don't get blamed for abandoning the constituents who would receive said aid, while refusing like 5% just so they can say they did.

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    Feb 2009


    Cali falls into the 'beggars can't be choosers" category, heh. Good to see some governors are looking at the long term implications rather than going "om nom nom money good nom nom".

    Being from Canada I'm just a spectator, but I can't help frowning at the notion of throwing so much money at a problem when they have no real idea what impact it'll make. That is not a responsible fiscal stance.

    It also caused a crapfest at the local political level as opposition parties roasted the ruling party for initially proposing a balanced budget without a stimulus package (blah blah you don't care for the people, blah blah look at the states obama is so great, blah blah we'll vote down your budget). This went on for months and months of petty bickering until the budget was redrafted with a stimulus that will throw deficits for a few years. Bah.

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