February 22nd, 2009
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Barbour to pass on some stimulus funds, Patrick wants them

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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. toni

    its refreshing to find that the people we elected are really jack asses waiting to be discovered. if these gop dummies (he ha he ha) dont take the money from the stimulus then i think that every person in their state without a job, home, healthcare and benefits need to take a turn at whooping ther asses, yes i know this wont solve anyting but it may help the citzens in their state feel better about being screwed over!

    February 22, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Buzz Daly

    This is a very lame board, and, comments are taken down for no apparent reason. Pretty sad. Adios.

    February 22, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Miss.4Obama2012

    I live in Mississippi, and I can tell you we want the help!
    Don't listen to anything Gov. Barbour says. He's just pulling his own political stunts. Unemployment is skyrocketing here with massive layoffs. You can be sure the people have a real sense of urgency and need here. Thank goodness for Obama!
    Mississippi for Obama 2012 !!!

    February 22, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Donna from Colorado Springs

    I do hope that the Governor can take all of the negative reaction from his voters when he rejects some of the stimulus money" He and his fellow idiot Republican governors who are rejecting help will find it will be very cold on the outside for them in the future. Voters have extremely long memorys and are not stupid! The governor of Louisiana comes to mind!

    February 22, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. John Ormsby,TX.

    Is it any wonder why MS consistently ranks at the bottom in every socio-economic indicator of any relevance? You name it: Test Scores, % of People below the poverty line etc...

    Now is not the time to spite your face people. Babour needs to take a note from the Florida Governor's playbook. Do what is best for your people first, the GOP second. This is nothing but politics and GOP pandering.

    It's unfortunate that they would rather posture for an election run than help fellow Americans.

    February 22, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    From the looks of it, people from Mississippi needs this help and the Federal Government represents all citizens of America; regardless if they voted for them or not...and that is exactly how this government is behaving responsibly...too bad this governor forgot the meaning of public service to better serve and better protect the most vulnerables at time of crises...how incoherent when we send dollars abroad to poor countries but not to our own poor people!

    February 22, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Mike Dallas

    The poorest state in America is giving up help for the people that live in Mississppi?

    Just more proof that the redneck bible beaters will vote against their own self-interest in the attempt to further Rush's repub agenda to make sure "Obama fails".

    Let's see if he still feels the same way when folks are rioting in Mississippi because they no longer have jobs, unemployment insurance or food and their kids are hungry and in the streets.

    Yeah, now that is certainly putting "country first".

    February 22, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Peter E

    Wow! A republican who complains about the stimulus AND actually rejects some of the funds. Unheard of! He's an example all republicans should follow, instead of hypocritically bash Obama's deficit spending, and at the end of the day still eat up the money greedily. All self-respecting republicans should reject ALL of the money!

    February 22, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Chuck, Tennessee

    People here always bash big corporations and the religious right. Yet, who do people run to when they want a big donation for their charity, or money to support little league, etc etc etc Answer: the big corporations. And these companies do pour millions into charity. Also, who has the largest number of volunteers out there getting food for the hungry, building Habitat houses, and all other kinds of charitable sweat. That's right, the conservative right. The difference between most liberals and most conservatives is this – conservatives want to help people directly and help those who need it to help themselves. Liberals want to have the government provide for everyone. I'll take the conservative philosophy any day!

    February 22, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. John Ormsby,TX.

    Redneck politics at its best. What a shame.

    February 22, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Jon

    " IMPEACH OBAMA " He is a Marxist. He is making an OBAMAnation of the USA. Welcome back Carter times Trillion's !!! We are going the down the same road as the Cater years. The Dems never learn and love to spend taxpayer's money.

    February 22, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. DB25

    Of course Republican Governors are going to reject some of the funds. They want the economy to stay bad so they can blame Democrats and win elections. Duh!

    February 22, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. John from California

    Haley Barbour is a blowhard who has had his way all too often in the past eight years. If the republican governor has gotten too much pork under the past republican administration, then it's time he passed like he suggested and gave the money to California. California even has a republican governor that appreciates the excellent work that the Democrats have been doing under the leadership of President Obama.

    While we're at it, I think we should also close some of those military operations in Mississippi along with their "pork barrel" ship building operations. Heck, if we just move all the military operations from republican dominated states perhaps we'll see a change in attitude toward this economic downturn that doesn't seem to be bothering them.

    Governor Barbour, thanks for the good ideas.

    February 22, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. gl, Pittsburgh

    HE IS A FAT WHITE RACIST THAT CAN NOT BRING HIMSELF TO WORK WITH A BLACK MAN. MOST REPULICANS ARE WHITE MEN AND ARE FINDING IT HARD TO WORK WITH OUR BLACK PRESIDENT BOTTON LINE! RACIST IS ALIVE IN WELL IN THIS COUNTRY AND THE HATFUL WHITE MEN ARE SHOWING IT EVERYDAY!

    February 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Ivan

    Just guessing but you could retire now and have no worries unlike the majority of the American People. I wish that there was no provision for the state legislature to over rule you and accept the money. Then we would see if you have the balls to turn down the money.

    February 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    @ Garrett; If what you say is true then please tell us all how you intend to fix the problem. You apparently have all the answers. It would be unpatriotic to keep such valuable information a secret, don't you think? Maybe you should go back to Nickelodeon.com!

    February 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Ubong Ambrose

    Too much irrelevant talk about econimics recovery money. The GOP brought American to this mess, last year the GOP started the stimulus scenario and then there wasn't all these noise. It is disgraceful to them (GOPs) when people who shouted 'pork! pork! pork!' in the current economic recovery plan by president Obama later paraded themselves of not reading, and not knowing what is in the plan. It is even irritating to listen to GOP news casters, after sabotaging America this far, GOPs still have the effrontary to wish America should fail worst than the evil they have metted on the nation. They claim monopoly of God but lack understading of the time and season of God. They are sensually lead, the publicans the Jesus talked about, who have added the prefix 're' to their name! If the Democrats can work together to rebuild America, the so call GOPs may not inhabit the WhiteHouse in the next 32 to 40 year. The Most High sits in Heaven and rules in the affairs of men. God bless America!

    February 22, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. KFR

    DID YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT BUSH'S 700 BILLION DOLLARS BAILOUT THAT WENT PART OF IT TO THE BANKS, AND WHAT DID THEY DO WITH IT. NO THE REPUBS PASSED IT AND THE PEOPLE DID NOT GRIPE BUT I FORGOT THAT WAS BUSH. HOW SHORT OUR MEMORIES ARE. LET THESE PEOPLE HAVE YOUR LIVES IN FOUR YEARS AND I HAVE A FEELING YOU WILL LOOK BACK AND APOLOGIZE FOR ALL THE FEELING OF HATE, FEAR, AND BEING PARNOID.

    February 22, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    To jane molloy, who said This man is a stupid fool, who would deny his mostly poor, minority population badly needed funds, as with Obama, his kind needs to be voted out. Do the words Hirricane have any meaning in his world?

    No, actually, the word "Hirricane," singular, has no meaning in his world, nor in any other world where they speak English. I think the word you were after was "hurricane?"

    February 22, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Grace

    Barbour really must reject all, not just part, of the stimulus money. He might get to beat Palin in 2012; meanwhile the poor folks (mostly black) in his state will suffer needlessly. I see re-election of Obama again. At least all poors (black or white) in state will vote against him. Selfish rich people like him rules and at times makes stupid decision.

    February 22, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    To GOP ARE HIPPOCRITES, who said "People here are hurting and he has the GALL to say that he wont accept all the funds for the stimulus."

    Let's say you badly needed a new car and someone offered to give you one–on the conditions that you only drive at times and to places the guy giving it to you approves of, that you keep a log of when you drive, to where, and the mileage, and at the end of two years you promise to give back the car, buy a new one just like it, and go on keeping the log and abiding by the original restrictions even though it's now your own car.

    Now would you accept the car?

    February 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Marion

    I was born and raised in MS, and Haley Barbour disgusts me. He isn't a real Mississippian. Yes, he was born there, but he's spent most of his life in Washington as a Republican crony and lobbyist. He came back to the state just so he could run for governor. He probably hasn't even spent any appreciable amount of time in many parts of Mississippi. Of course he doesn't care about the people there. Being governor is just a stepping-stone for him on his way to national politics. He doesn't care whether people in the state need the stimulus money. After all, they aren't his real constituents; ultra-conservative Republicans–most of whom live outside of Mississippi–are.

    February 22, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. Michael

    I think it is wonderful if some states reject stimulus money because it will allow economic comparisons to be made between those states that get their full share and those that reject a portion. Sort of a double blind study.

    February 22, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. Mark

    This is what the Clyburn amendment has wrought: State House demagoguery, with hypocritical Republican governors free to preen and posture about their ideological purity, knowing full well their state legislatures will quietly overrule them and take all the stimulus money they're offered.

    Mr. Clyburn should have sat on his hands and forced the GOP governors to make hard, realistic choices between ideology and the good of their states.

    February 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. HP

    TO YOU ALL THE REPUBS, INCLUDING GRANPA BIG MAC, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF YOUR DEAR SLOGANT "COUNTRY FIRST". WHAT IS THE REAL MEANING OF COUNTRY? THE LAST TIME I CHECK IT WAS: WE, THE PEOPLE. THEREFORE FOR OUR REPUBS BROTHERS PLEASE STOP BEEING NARROW MINDED. REVIEW AND CORRECT YOUR DEFINITION OF "COUNTRY" IF YOU WANT TO PUT IT FIRST. YOU NEED TO START BY PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST IN THE EQUATION. LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE OUR COUNTRY = PEOPLE'S PROBLEMS. WE CAN DO IT.

    February 22, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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