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. rit

    Deval should have asked Barbour to give that portion he doesn't want to MA. Wonder what the residents of MS think about him turning money away. Repubs principles are getting in the way of peoples' realities.

    February 22, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Liberals belong in the zoo

    Floyd in New York: The Welfare Bill Clinton signed was created by a Republican and signed by a Republican house.

    What you can thank slick willy for his National Home Owner Strategy with his administration which paved the way to loose lending terms (subprime) which drove home value through the roof because of demand. He even proposed to let first time buyers use 401-k money with no penalty if they use it for down payment.

    Stop being a typical Democrat and share the blame with EVERYONE in the country for this disaster.

    February 22, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Deb

    Repubs lead....follow....are get the HELL out the way!!!

    February 22, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. MN Voter

    To Dave - You sound bitter and less than informed. I am an attorney as is my husband. Neither of us has been to Hollywood. We both voted for Obama. My brother is a scientist and has never been to Hollywood. He and his wife voted for Obama. My father is a blue collar worker. My mother is an office worker. Once again - no Hollywood, voted Obama. I can start in on all my neighbors who are small business owners, lawyers, government employees, IT professionals. Not Hollywood types, but they all voted Obama. Our whole street had Obama yard signs. So, quit being a sore loser. President Obama is doing a great job in difficult times and you should be glad to have him.

    February 22, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. NJVote08


    JSU-TIGER99 February 22nd, 2009 10:57 am ET
    I am from Mississippi and now I live in CALI, I think the Gov of MS need to take the money the only reason they are not doing so is because they want to run for President in 2012, Alot of people is wait to see if the plan work and than they will say it work because Obama is White and if it fail he will be call BLACK. If your state need help take the money and do what need to be done with it. I am glad the GOV of CALI said he will take the money if no other governor want it.
    I am Black and asking you not to use the race card. Let us not have anyone accuse us of being racist. GOD sees all, hears all and knows EVERY heart. Let us not be found guilty, for HE will vindicate ALL (regardless of race) who place their trust in HIM.

    Peace and lots of love to you!

    February 22, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Arlene Illinois

    Haley Barbour is the resurrection of the old South from the 1960's.

    February 22, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Proud American

    Republicans are such a joke. Now their willing to further hurt the good citizens of their state to hurt democrats. What a bunch of Morons they should now lose all federal money that's given to their states. It should just go to show that theses RICH Idiots only care about themselves.

    February 22, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Thomas Juravich

    Barbour and Sanford ,governors of two states that usually rank at the bottom in every category measuring social and economic progress , have little credibility on the national scene. There views of the stimulus package are out of line when it comes to what is probably in the best interests of the citizens of their states.

    God forbid that we should follow the examples of South Carolina and Mississippi !

    February 22, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Alex

    Enough posturing! The GOP had no trouble spending money like crazy under Bush-Cheney, so the fact that they turn down federal funds now just looks like *gasp* flip-flopping.

    February 22, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. REG in AZ

    Lets get real. When trying to be objective, rational and above all honest it is really hard to have any patience with the political criticisms that we are constantly blasted with. Just today I read where Obama was being faulted for being in a ‘perpetual campaign’ mode because he recently traveled to several ‘blue’ states to address financial issues, without the critic ever noting that those states were actually the hardest hit by the current financial crisis. That Republican criticism really had to be offered with tongue-in-cheek, especially after we have literally endured eight years of the Bush-Cheney administration’s continuous bombardment with subterfuge to rationalize their stubborn pursuit of a private agenda always favoring Special Interests and a select few and then irresponsibly neglecting the many. As an Independent (ex-long-term-registered Republican, never-a-Democrat) I have to give Obama credit for demonstrating more honesty, transparency and responsible concern for the average American than we have seen for a very long time, and I have to express real amazement at the Republicans’ cocksure demeanor that allows them to continually be stubborn and arrogant as they aggressively attack without ever offering any responsible solutions or even ever demonstrating a conscience. The confidence the Republicans seem to maintain, even when all logic says there is no real basis for it, can only be explained by their faith in who supports them. There is further evidence when recognizing who they cater to, who pulls their strings, who has continually benefited from their actions and who then overtly and covertly supports them, generously contributes to their campaigns and who even promises after-office (kickback) compensation, with the Bush-Cheney’s years being the current vivid example. They seem to even exhibit a reckless surety, arrogantly focusing on the political gamesmanship instead of the issues, that their wealthy, powerful and influential support can actually influence the media and effectively manipulate public opinion. It would be nice to have a responsible and conscientious Republican Party to compete for the real benefit of the people but I just don’t see any sign of that happening.

    February 22, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. abraxis

    Let Barbour turn down any or all the money. Let's reallocate that money to the rest of the country and keep Mississippi in its nineteenth century conditions.

    Its the idiot politicians like Barbour who have to answer to their voters. Let them take care of him b/c there will be more for us.

    February 22, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Nadine

    So if you don't take the unemployment money what happens to the people who are entitled to this benefit because they were laid off or fired. Your worried about it running out in a few yearsf and that you'd have to pay higher taxes on employment but what about today. Do you have a backup plan to pay the unemployment benefit now or did it not run out yet. What part of the stimulus money are you taking since you said you'd accept some. Im glad I don't live in Mississippi. That's just scary.

    February 22, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. greg

    Haley Barbour is ole Mr. Two face....Mississippi will accept $3 federal dollars for every $1 spent in their federal upper payment limit program and MS Hospitals will receive $500 million as a result of the federal matching program ($1 spent and $3 back from the feds). We did not see Mr. Barbour disclose this little program for his state! I know of no other state receiving this type of consideration.

    February 22, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. mel

    Barbour...GREAT!!! The only way anyone can be helped, is if they help themselves. Extending unemployment is NOT going to get them new jobs. It is just going to give them an excuse to put off looking. I know the economy is hard and I have my challenges as well, but the INDIVIDUAL has to help the INDIVIDUAL. People in Mississippi are poor enough. They need more of their own money in their pockets, not giving it all away in extra taxes.

    February 22, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Denver Mom

    We need more people like Barbour!!! Colorado please deny these funds as well. We need personal responsibility NOT government free rides. Please don't spend my children's future irresponsibly.

    February 22, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    Yeah it's crazy to expect a govenor of one of the poorist states in the country to do anything to help the people! Its not that hard to figure out. 1) He's Republican. 2) He's white. and 3) The majority of the people in his state are black! Oh by the way, I'm a white independent just so you know.

    February 22, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. mb

    I think the legislators of these states that don't want or part of the stimulus package should start immediate impeachment procedures against these governors.

    February 22, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Republicans are ankle biters

    Barbour looks like the guy that said"Iwill gladly pay you tuesday for a hamburger today".He cant be trusted,he still thinks the South will win the War.NOT!

    February 22, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Garrett

    You whine-baby democrates think that the governments job is to take care of everything..... Do you know why? They think you are to stupid to do it yourselves..... In most cases they are correct....

    February 22, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Larry from RI

    This guy looks like he hasn't missed a meal lately – probably the reason why he doesn't care if the poorest of his constituents do!

    Help yourself to another pork chop Barbour.

    February 22, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Denver Mom

    I love the analysis Huckabee gave that during the depression the citizens of this country sacrified FOR the future of their children. That same generation that benefited from the sacrifice is now sacrificing the future of their OWN children with all this wasteful spending. Do we not care about what we are leaving behind for our children?

    February 22, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |

    I am from MS and I am ASHAMED to have haley barbour as my governor. People here are hurting and he has the GALL to say that he wont accept all the funds for the stimulus.

    February 22, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. C


    February 22, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. another Dave

    drV, maybe you need to learn some facts!

    Small businesses employ more people than anybody else in the U.S. I realize that may not impress you, but it does me. If you want to get people working you help small businesses, not hurt them.

    February 22, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Buzz Daly

    I hear there is legislation being crafted for those who rejected the stimulus to get on board, and take part in correcting the mistakes of GWB.

    Those representatives who voted against the stimulus and spent their time posturing like the goons they are, should forfeit ALL funds for their district,.

    They would find out real soon how out of touch with the People they are.

    Hayley Barbour is probably one of the biggest buffoons in the GOP. And that's a big pool of buffoons to draw from.

    Of course, more tax breaks and less regulation would probably fix it.


    Finally, a stake has been driven into the heart of Reaganomics, the beginning of this financial fiasco.

    The beast is dead.

    February 22, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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