February 22nd, 2009
09:48 AM ET
8 years ago

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. Les In Florida

    The Republicans are putting politics over people. They are not patriots. All they care about is getting power back in 2010 and damn the people and their needs if it gets in their way. President Obama inherted hell on earth. Two bad wars and an economy that keeps spiraling downward. I applaude him for doing SOMETHING. And, if we all get behind him and try to believe that the glass is, at least, half full, we will pull ourselves out of this. To keep saying no to everything, when it was your yeses that got us into this in the first place, is shameful. Talk about SEDITION. The Repulicans, today, EXEMPLIFY it.

    February 22, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. dan

    Wow, you guys are stupid. Let me guess, your only about 18 yrs old.
    Don't you understand that your liberal teachers have brainwashed you for years. The evil corporations the democrats hate so much are falling one by one and so are all the jobs they supplied. The democratics must be partying like it's 1929. But now that you've brought down the evil rich man what now? Work for the government.
    What about those rich Hollywood snobs, don't you hate them too, or is it ok for them to be rich as long as they sport cool tattoo's and nose rings to look just like everyone else.

    February 22, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Brad

    This no good redneck looking muthafucka! How dare he not accept the money from the president? What a cocksucker when he realizes that his people are suffering from the biggest unemployment rate since the great depression, he'll reconsider.

    February 22, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. james

    Additional note: Why have your state's citizen's and corporations pay taxes when you can get the Fed's to give you Billions?

    What's really funny is that they put on this big act like they are being fiscally independent.

    February 22, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Elmer

    Governor Patrick knows what his citizens want. That is the sign of a good listener. Problem is, can't always have what you want (if so, I would have hair and be thin!). As for the greedy corporations comment, the employers in this country that count the most happen to be the small business man who works 70 hours per week and employs 6-10 people and probably makes $250,000 (oh my God!) for all the time put in and risks taken. But of course he is the bad guy in this brave new Obama world. The layoffs will come because of this stimulus and the resulting larger employment costs placed on this small business person. And, by the way, the stimulus payments will mostly go to big greedy corporations who will do the large infrastructure projects and while hiring people will also make a huge profit doing so....and that will be who puts the $ back into the Dems coffures-ironic isn't it. This is exactly what Obama said would not hapopen in his administration. Learn your facts before you comment.

    February 22, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. BRI

    Good for the governor not to be a brainless robot but to actually look at the fine print before taking money. It shows thought, not just blind stupidity thinking no strings attached on all parts of the stimulus package. As far as racist comments of being Red Necks shows just how far this country has to go. Those that yell racist and intolerance are often the most intolerant racist. It shows your prejudice and stereo typing.

    February 22, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. John

    Well, as so many other states say.... Thank goodness for Mississippi, if it weren't for them we sure would look bad.

    February 22, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Serg Gazinya

    You people are idiots, the money is a baited hook to suck them under complete federal control, regardless of what party is "in power". But, the people that have responded here are actually of a lower intellect of the people of MS that they attempt to slander. Go back to eating your potato chips and watching IDOL and keep hoping for that "Change" you've been promised. Morons.

    February 22, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. gilbert vergara

    the right wing fanatics continue on their path
    towards destruction of the republican party. They keep praying day and night for the failure of Obama's stimulus plans. When they wake up the plan will have started to work and they will then know they
    have committed suicide – they will be out of power for the next 50 years! Gilbert

    February 22, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. billtouch

    I love the way Repubs know how to pick the most selfish view possible in any situation.

    Asking corporations to be good citizens of the state is way beyond what the good governor is willing to do.

    Keep those corporate donations coming. Not even after Obama's campaign can they relize that individuals that like you can donate lots more than the few corporations that have money to donate.


    February 22, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. gwyn

    I can't believe my State of Mississippi, one at the bottom of the line, has such a crooked gov, he's afraid he might be investigated & all his wrong doing be seen. I hope & pray he is.

    February 22, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Paul C. Bell

    If your not from the state that is not taking part of the money, keep your comments to yourself, because you dont have any say so in the matter. Leave it up to us to hanlde things the way we see fit when election times comes. If you have time to keep up with any state but your own, you need to pick up any part time job you can or donate you free time to a worth cause.


    February 22, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. Buck

    lybyshoeing February 22nd, 2009 10:14 am ET
    He is lying. The unemployment portiion can run out and go back to the previous levels. Why do Republicans lie so much?

    You are naive. There is absolutely no chance that once the levels are raised they will ever be decreased.

    February 22, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. jm

    how about this, those states who accept money or take that cash other states choose not to take will have to agree that they will also take a larger portion of repaying it back. and while we're at it, let these states have to submit a plan, like the auto companies, to show how they will regain financial stability. why should people in a state that did not help spend the money be held accountable for money they never received?

    February 22, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. shs

    Everyone know that the red necks are running mississippi, Governor Barbour is still fighting the civil war.
    Vote Republicans out the office in 2010

    February 22, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. READY99

    The no 1 backward state in the country.Very sad state of affairs for MISSISSIPPI and their weak REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR. Mississippans need to wake up and end decades of weak,foolish REPUBLICAN governmanship and finally advance to the real world.

    February 22, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. BRG

    C'mon, this is Mississippi. This is a state that couldn't agree to get rid of the Confederate battle flag off the state flag. This is the state that produced Trent Lott. The state that pride themselves as being RED is one of the poorest yet its governor would not take must needed money because it would tax greedy corporations later on. Amazing. Hope those casinos keep you afloat.

    February 22, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Dennis

    This is just political posturing on the part of Haley Barbour. He is afraid of Rush Limbaugh and the other talk radio orifices bad mouthing him. IMO Barbour will find someway to take the money while complaining all the time.

    February 22, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. Jeremy

    What's wrong with these Republican Governors? I just watched Bob Jindal on meet the press and he is crap just like Mississippi one. WHY NOT DO EVERYTHING THAT IS NEEDED AND AVAILABLE TO GET US OUT OF THIS "REPUBLICAN CREATED MESS". We can debate about tax increases or not after so called "years later".

    It's idiocy to give tax cuts to the same people with tax heavens overseas.

    February 22, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. L Z

    if Mississippi is so poor and so black, How did they end up with a Republican Governor anyway? Maybe it was the education thing huh? They sure got real smart and learned how to vote when the Big O showed up!!
    I'll still vote republican in 2010! I won't be strong armed by the PC crowd with the threat of being called racist! Maybe by 2012 many more will fall out of that PC cloud!

    February 22, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. thatmarvelousape

    The so-called "liberal" media is intentionally ignoring the real story here. While they're trying to portray Barbour as if he's making some heroic sacrifice, he's just another rich plutocrat hurting poor people so he can help his own reputation.

    The reason these governors are rejecting the funds is because unemployment benefits are used to determine unemployment levels. If less people receive benefits, then the numbers will make it look like there are less unemployed. As always, these corrupt fat cats are forcing people to suffer unnecessarily just to help their political careers, and the media is helping them to do it.

    February 22, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Danielle Serra

    8 years of bad overspending practices by republicans ie. an unnecessary war and the biggest welfare mamas (auto industry and large banks) now sucking us all dry, of course, individuals will become welfare mamas. Mississippi should take the money!!!

    February 22, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Just Me

    @brian Please don't send your "mama" to stand in line....since you are so bitterly against the stimulus money..do just like Governor Barbour and few more like him...don't take a penny of it...otherwise...you will be labeled "HYPOCRITE". You wouldn't want that now would you?

    February 22, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. ronvan

    Same old politics!! My first impression is to say the heck with the governor! Put him out of office!! Is he truly interested in helping the people who elected him? Obviously, HE or his people, cannot figure out what to do with the monies his state would receive!!

    February 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Buster

    Mississippi is the poster child that "proves" that Republican, far right wing, anti-government, anti-tax, anti-spending, anti-education, keep the working class and minorities down, trickle down and trickle on program works to raise a state to the top of the economic ladder.

    Congratulations on your success, Mississippi. Keep it up. The next time your state wants to stop being part of the United States of America, I won't object. You never really rejoined America or American values anyway.

    February 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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