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. Ryan

    HAHA- that's fantastic. I think EVERY republican that voted against the stimulus should get NOTHING. NO stimulus funds whatsoever.

    Then when states like South Carolina which are being run into the ground with a rising unemployment rate realize that the 8 year decline becomes a 9 year decline, perhaps then will they understand why the most prosperous states with the best education, roads, and benefits to everyday citizens... are ones that vote democratic.


    If you really want to continue you PROVEN path of failure (crunch the number kids, it's absolutely a fact that things have been failing since 2001) then go right ahead.

    February 22, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Behaviour liks this will ultimately turn the US into a one party state-the Democratic Party.

    February 22, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |

    Obama in 2012 and 2016 after that his wife will be the first female black President in USA 2016 no more Republican in this white house you understand no more cause they are all dumb and they always think about the rich people that's why Bush put us in this deep recession NO MORE REPUBLICANS PERIOD

    February 22, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Matthew, Detroit

    OF COURSE THE DEMS will take it.

    They love spending other peoples money. They have no qualms NOT balancing their budgets. They make a million excuses why BUSH drove us into debt, but they show NO sign of backing off.

    MICHIGAN GOVERNOR GRANHOLM has had michigan in a recession for 6 years. She has taken boat registrations for 1 year and had people purchase 5 year registrations. The point is she takes the money up front and spends it immediately. There is not anymore money coming in for the next 4 years. BUT THAT IS NOT HER FAULT.

    DO YOU GET IT YET. This is what we are doing on a national Scale.

    February 22, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Michigan

    Dave...you obviously do not know the FACTS behind the election...as a former republican turned independent...now leaning democrat...it is so refreshing to have a president who can actually speak, communicate and CARE for ALL in United States of America.

    P.S. I'm financially secure as were all the people I associated with on the campaign!! ...but will give you that the people overwhelmingly voted for a president that people felt gave a damn about them regardless of their financial standing....

    February 22, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Angel

    This is the point where republicans and there band of mindless followers just become a complete bore. They are so see through now. Racists, greedy people who will never call a thing President Obama does good or right. Heck, he may prove to be like Lincoln in more ways then one because these baffoons are a danger to the country. Of course, it is a tainted country now having a "black" president. Those white hands and few black overseers for the party can not soil themselves by backing this Presidnent. Oh no...not with their superior selves. Hold your heads high GOP and be unmovable against your enemy, the U.S. President.

    Pause and remember the Bush and Cheney years, gosh I know the GOP and their band of backwoods followers miss that Pinky and the Brain reign and all it accomplished for this country.

    February 22, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Matthew, Detroit

    I LOVE KAUR in CA, Your comments were perfect.

    I work real hard. I have my house, my job, my family to take care of.

    YOU KAUR, sounds like COWARD, are very eager to TAKE my money.

    CA will take my money. TAKE "key word". No SHAME that you can not balance your own budget. No shame that your house is in disarray. Why dont you write your governor and your democratic congress. Tell them to cut spending. Tell them to cut your budget.
    IF YOU LIVED next door to me, WOULD YOU steal from my house to balance your budget because YOUR family ran up Credit card debt and they werer repossesing your car.


    February 22, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Ahadu

    What good would be expected from this old time Republican?

    February 22, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Rob

    Turn it all down then for heavens sake because America needs a more backwards Mississippi to make us feel better for ourselves that we don't live in that dreaded state.

    February 22, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. republicans =obstructionists party


    February 22, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. John

    As it is GOP and the president do not agree on many thing and america suffers for it.....so whairs there ANY sense in arguing who is right NOW ! Thing is get things done now ! If Gop governors dont want it --- MOVE ON ! Stagnation means NO PROGRESS !

    February 22, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. LK in NJ

    Barbour, why not pass on all the funds since you didn't vote for them?

    February 22, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Liberals belong in the zoo

    This stimulus is being exactly what it isn't suppose to do. Look at the plans some of the states are planning to use the money on. Dog parks, glow in the dark street signs, really? Are you kidding. How is that going to create jobs in the long term? It will give someone a job for a few months and we're back where we started.

    How can money be fed into a system that is broken. I've come to terms that there's no turning back the bill so do the best we can but that's like giving Bernie Madoff money again to invest. We're going to be discussing how fraud and corruption is going to prevalent because no one is REALLY watching the money go out.

    February 22, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. drV

    Dave: I don't believe those facts are correct. I think you need to do a little more research sweetheart.

    Elmer: I can't believe that you think small business owners are what count the most to our society. Thats garbage! It seems to me that you have taken your misinformation from a biased source and then managed to mangle it some more yourself. You ought to take your own advice and learn the truth about your facts before you comment.

    February 22, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Art Roberts

    Witness a moron is action. Let's trash the people for the sake of politics. Shame they can not recall him soon enough.

    February 22, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Jack in Florida

    Let the idiot Republicans pass on the stimulus checks to their states and watch them lose their re-election......................did they not just watch an election where the people called for a different way to do business????? Hello....stop listing to Rush Limbaugh!!!!

    February 22, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Oh No!

    annie – Palin 2012 February 22nd, 2009 12:36 pm ET
    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!
    Annie, how do you know so much?

    February 22, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Dixon

    I may be wrong, but I believe the stimulus plan is meant to help prevent people from being on Unemployment. I have confidence that the jobs will come back by the time that money runs out. I should say, they will return if we do not elect more of the Bush/Cheney group back in. You know, the people who brought you this mess.

    February 22, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Carrie

    This request to the Media. When you get a governor "rejecting" Stimulus funds please report what % of the funds earmarked to his or her state is being rejected. It puts it in a better context if I know a guy is taking 95% of the money while railing against the package....

    February 22, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. MN Voter

    Gov of Mississippi is a typical republican who only cares about his party and is not interested in what is best for the citizens of his state. For goodness sake, Mississippi needs all the help they can get! It is a little late to worry about accumulating more debt at this point - especially after the Bush administration accrued $1.35 TRILLION for the 2001 tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations and then another $1 TRILLION for the unnecessary Iraq war. Look what Bush did and very few questioned him (and no one listened to them). Now President Obama is working with teams of economists trying to FIX this mess. The stimulus package is what is needed. It is unfortunate that it means more debt, but at least this is debt that will ACCOMPLISH something (infrastructure) and HELP people weather this economic crisis. It is also NECESSARY which with Bush administration's debt was NOT.

    February 22, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Simmy

    The State Legislatures in South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, and California should take the monies delegated to help poor and middle income people out of the hands of those Governors, and insure that those that need help get it. Democrats should start campaigning now (like Republicans), to get rid of those Governors. I'm not certain, but Sanford and Barbour may be in their last terms, so they don't care about their poor and middle income residents. They are pandering to the rich because they will need money from rich fund raisers, etc., when they attempt to run against President Obama. They are looking to the future; they don't care about the present.

    Those of you who are up in arms because you feel that the poor and middle income residents are getting a free ride, should note that next year may be your year for food stamps and an unemployment check. Blessed are the merciful; for they shall receive mercy. I'm just saying...

    February 22, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. DA

    These type of politicians kill me. They are looking more after themselves as politicians and trying to hold on to their Parties stupid values as oppose to helping their State!!! Everyone knows Mississippi needs the money just like all the Southern States that are in trouble, yet these States have Governors that are playing party politics with the health and welfare of their State. I would call on all the people of those States to take a really hard look at what these Governors are advocating when it comes to getting this money. I also say when it comes time to re-elect them, get rid of them. It is time to put aside partisan politics and come together for the good of the Country. Remember PEOPLE you guys are already paying for it so why not get the money anyway!!!

    February 22, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. Vincent Petrosino

    What state continuously ranks at the bottom in terms of education, high tech paying jobs and has the lowest income per family across the state? Mississippi. What state along with Louisiana is recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita? Mississippi. Haley Barbour knows his state is in the tank but he and the other fools from South Carolina, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas are "Mossbacks ", long past their usefulness and not helping their own people especially the poor who need this assistance. It is also hypocritical to talk about our children's debt when these very same dunderheads allowed Bush to spend trillions of our dollars unchecked.

    February 22, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. Ohio Woman

    They are game-playing because the state legislation will override these campaigner governors! Where were they when Bush and the Republicans spent us into all this debt?

    February 22, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Scot

    Look at Mississippi ranking in any area, per capita income, quality of life, education, health and look at idiots like their governor and it becomes apparent they want to keep their substandard quality of life. Republicans don’t want to change. Even if it makes things better! Go get yourself some more gravy and biscuits gov!

    February 22, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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