Native Village Youth and Education News
May 1, 2009 Issue 198
rejects over 30% of stimulus money
JUNEAU -- Gov. Sarah Palin is refusing to accept over30% of the federal economic stimulus money offered to Alaska. This includes dollars for schools, energy assistance and social services.
Palin is refusing about$288,000,000 of the $930,700,000 that Alaska is due. Palin said she will accept federal stimulus money for construction projects, but not monies directed at government operations.
"We are not requesting funds intended to just grow government," Palin said. "In essence we say no to operating funds for more positions in government."
is turning down money for:
Palin said it's not a gift when Congressional dollars come with strings attached that increase government and require states to follow federal mandates. "To me it's a bribe," she said.
Palin added that her decision on education money will draw the most heat, and she won't be surprised if the Legislature tries to change it. She says she will work with them if the legislature wants to accept some of the money. While Alaska's state Legislature can completely override Palin's actions, she may enforce her veto power if they do.
The news drew anger from those who accuse Palin of putting her national political aspirations ahead of state interests. Others admire her courage for turning down money that would expand government.
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