February 22nd, 2009
09:48 AM ET
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Barbour to pass on some stimulus funds, Patrick wants them


Govs. Barbour and Patrick clash over the stimulus measure.

(CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, reiterated Sunday he will reject some of the funds in the massive $787 billion stimulus measure if it forces his state to spend its own money in the future.

Speaking on CNN's State of the Union, Barbour specifically cited an unemployment reform package included in the stimulus bill calling for an increase in benefits as evidence his state would have to pick up the tab on the provision in a couple of years.

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"If we were to take the unemployment reform package that they have, it would cause us to raise taxes on employment when the money runs out and the money will run out in a couple of years and then we'll have to raise the unemployment insurance tax which is literally a tax on employment," Barbour said.

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"I mean, we want more jobs," he also said. "You don't get more jobs by putting an extra tax on creating jobs."

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, appearing with Barbour, disagreed with the Mississippi governor’s assertion but acknowledged that states will have to be prudent about what to do once the stimulus money runs out. For now, Deval said he is prepared to accept all the money allotted to his state in the measure, specifically citing its effects on improving the nation's infrastructure.

"Certainly in Massachusetts, people want their roads repaired and want bridges repaired and want a clean energy strategy and alternatives and real alternatives and want us to be candid with them about those needs, he said. "Whether governors say they will or won't take this or that as part of the stimulus bill, in some ways, is irrelevant. People want that help."

soundoff (351 Responses)
  1. cocopial

    Republicans are suppose to be the saved by the bible defination but they all preach hate and every other sins. These people are nothing more that false prophets. They give Christianity a bad name! God will surely be fired-up when they come before him for judgement.

    February 22, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Rosa Serra

    Extending unemployment is the surest way to get stimulus. I don't think you will be able to tell any difference in Mississippi anyway, they have been in a recession since the end of the Civil War. I am grateful for Mississippi though. Without Mississippi, Alabama would be on the bottom of every measure of quality of life. At least our governor is not stupid enough to turn down support for the state.

    February 22, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Larry

    ---Have we got a bias left winger for our moderator today ?---

    CNN Comment Policy: CNN encourages you to add a comment to this discussion. You may not post any unlawful, threatening, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or other material that would violate the law. All comments should be relevant to the topic and remain respectful of other authors and commenters.(is this true?)

    Is the only post being allowed the ones that are" demeaning" the Republican governor ,and his thoughts ??

    February 22, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. C.S.A republicans

    He doesnt look like he will starve anytime soon,but I feel bad for the poor and middle class in his State.

    February 22, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Kaur


    February 22, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Kaur


    February 22, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. fearful for my country

    Its good to see some level headed Governors actually reading the fine print and not just selling their souls and those of their people to the Obama led dictatorship. I wish Florida would not take the money either. I'm certainly going to remember Charlie Christ's action when it comes re-election time.

    February 22, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Franky

    "I mean, we want more jobs," he also said. "You don't get more jobs by putting an extra tax on creating jobs."

    Well then get your ass of the seat and work on your damn state because no matter what, you are gonna pick the tab 20-30+ years later, your state will change, watch...

    But overall, we like how you said it...with honesty and respect. I mean, who knows, behind the scenes you're probably talking crap and picking on my boy and making fun of him, I don't care, do whatever you wish BUT when it comes to business, you gotta start getting serious my friend...

    February 22, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Truly Independent

    Cutting your nose off to spite our face... That'll show 'em. Oh, by the way, how do the people in your state feel about this? Your state must be doing very well in all areas, I guess. I'm glad that Mississippi is a model for fiscal, infrastructure, health care and educational success.

    Best regards,

    Truly Independent

    February 22, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Mr. DJ from CT

    The stipulation is a driving factor geared to ensure that the State will generate employed, vice expecting the Federal government to give money again.
    The money is to ASSIST, not to rely on. THAT is being a "welfare state. Welfare was and still is meant to help one on their knees, get back on their legs.
    Now, if the State does nothing to generate employment, then their will be some repercussions. Nothing is for free or does taking the money and making accountable for it's proper use...something immoral. Sounds like the banks that took Bush's $350 Billion!

    February 22, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. hayley

    Governor Barbour..... say that again?

    What do the pople of Mississippi want?

    February 22, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Moe, NY

    It will be interesting to see if Mississippi returns this GOP clown to office next election. If they do, they deserve all they are getting, or not getting that is!

    February 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Jeremy


    Last Nov Dallas ISD laid off over 1200 teachers and 500 staff members due to over $140m budget deficit. There are whole lot of mess going on elsewhere within our state some reported others not. This stimulus can stablize and our Governor should face reality to accept it. This is emeregency which should be sorted out and think of right/left idiologies later. Our enemy now is ECONOMY and not political affiliation.

    February 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. HelpAmerica

    I am an African American, so when I make these comments I am speaking from the heart. Look at the governors that are refusing the money, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina. These are the states with the lowest educational level and highest unemployment rate. These governors are not concerned about education, healthcare, and employment for their constituents. The goal is to keep them uneducated therefore they cannot make decisions on their own. Rick Perry changed his mind quickly and now is going to accept the stimulus money. If the people of La, MS, and SC where to become more educated do you think they would vote for Jindal, Barbour, or Sanford?

    I was born in Louisiana and have since moved to Texas. I am raising my brother children in Texas because they are smart kids and deserve better than the education they were receiving in La. Since moving here my nephew refusing to go back to La. At 16 he can see the difference in the education he is received in La versus the education he is gettting here in Texas.

    If people in LA, MS, or SC want better elect some people that are going to serve your interest.

    February 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. annie - Palin 2012

    Since very few have read this stinkulus package, these govenors had better read it very carefully. Alot of this has big strings attached that could totally bankrupt some states in a few years. Wake-up American, there is no free lunch!

    February 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. CHANGE we need

    PERFECT example of DemacRATS! Im sure if there was a way for Patrick to take the funds Barbour doesn't want/need, he would find a way to sink his meat hooks into it!!

    That would be the icing on the 'RAT cake...take funds from one who is too proud and understands economics and give it to another who doesn't need it and is more than willing to pander for it. More take from the poor and give to the rich...definitely CHANGE we need.

    February 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Davis

    The whole southern states particularly Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, Arkansas and Alabama are all welfare and parasitic states contributing comparably little to the federal coffer.

    These so called governors of these states are merely grandstanding and ignorant.

    Behind closed doors, they have and continue to pushing hard for every federal dollars they can get their hands on while in pretending to be fiscally responsible.

    If these pretenders are fiscally disciplined, why are their basket-case states in such a mess? whats their excuse? why don't they show leadership by slashing their own salaries and that of other elected officials instead of laying-off folks?

    February 22, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Carl Caster

    OMG!!! What happened to Haley Barbour's chin???? Did he have it surgically removed, or was he born w/o one, like that despicable weasel McConnell from Kentucky?

    February 22, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |

    typical republican, allways put the republican party before any thing else. they care nothing for this country. just their super rich donors. it's like funding education they say we need better schools but will not fund then. because they want charter or church schools that will teach their republican agenda. wake up people the republican party will destroy this country to get their way. this consertivitave agenda to destroy america started with nixon, then regan, remember break the unions. remember the super rich pay no taxes.

    February 22, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Gary

    Gove. Patrick has no personality. He will take hand-outs from anywhere. They do not know what is right and wrong. They are saying Republicans should not take the money if they do not want it. Who are they to tell it to us or to Republicans. It is our money, our children's money and our grand children's money. Who are they to talk about it. When Republicans gave tax cuts, where was Gov. Patrick. Did he take the tax cuts or did he refuse to take it? Begala is another joker who has a job with CNN as commentator talking int he same line. Basically these liberals do not want to work hard. They want a big Government and of course money from the Government. Cheats.....

    February 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    February 22, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. C.S.A republicans

    This guy hasnt missed a meal in a long time ,but I bet the people of his State have.

    February 22, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Ron

    What do you want to bet that when it comes time to put up or shut up, he'll grab all the friggin money he can grab?

    February 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Lisa

    I'm a CNN loyalist, but I'm OVER John King's new show "State of the Union". He should just be honest and call it "State of the Loyal Opposition". He has proven over the last few weeks of his show that he has no intention of being an "objective" journalist. When his show debuted I was excited as I was anticipating robust political commentary. Instead, he is unabashedly right-leaning. EVERY question that he poses to ANY guest on his show is phrased in the negative toward President Obama, his policies or his ideas. Read the transcripts of past shows. I don't mind a right-wing tool having a show. I just mind that CNN has chosen not to be honest and present it as a show with that angle. CNN, I'm quite disappointed.

    February 22, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Rod

    Being born and raised in Mississippi and joining the military shortly after graduation, I have to say that I believe that the GOV is making a big mistake. Granted that I don't live there anymore, but I still have family and friends back there that I know that needs the help. I would not call that welfare or even a handout, just an American helping another American in a time of need. Yeah Mississippi maybe at the bottom of every statiscal category, but you need to remember that we are a part of this country just as much as California, Texas or even Washington.

    Now is not the time for us to be dividing states into red or blue, rich or poor, best or worst. Now is the time for us all to come together on this and do what we need to do to fix it. I know that some don't think that this is the right way to go about it, but what would you do if it was you who was running the country? I would rather have someone in office that will try anything, than to do nothing. This may not be your cup of tea, but the bill is passed and now we need to do what we need to, to make sure that the people that truly needs the help gets it.

    Just remember that this situation that we are in currently started long before President Obama was even in Congress. I'm not blaming any one person, but just wanted to point that out. Cause when you really think we all played a part in this, wether big or small, just think about it!!!!!

    February 22, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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