February 22nd, 2009
09:48 AM ET
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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. Frozone

    Nothing like putting politics ahead of the best interests of your state. Looks like the tiny regional party they call the Greedy Obstructionist Party will be even smaller in 2010.

    February 22, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Bob

    Personally, I respect a politician refusing yet another government handout. I also respect Ford for *so far* rejecting any such handout. The US is turning into nothing but a welfare society. We have idiots buying houses they can't afford and then acting shocked when they are foreclosed on, andnow we have readers that act like it's a bad thing when a gov't official doesn't take a handout. sad

    February 22, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Just another American

    It's sad to think that the lives of the people of Mississippi will be left in the dark ages with the repub leadership that is just keeping march step with the national GOP forum. 8 years of Bush spending and making our government LARGER than ever, deregulating Wall Street and borowing BILLIONS from the chineese and the GOP had nothing to say then. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour didn't have any problem taking gov funds back when the economy was circling the the drain under GOP leadership. Now he has a conscious? Poor poor Mississippi....
    BTW, to hard core repubs, it IS unpatriotic to wish for your government OR President to fail.

    February 22, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. AE

    Yes, please do not take the money. As a Californian, we are a bit tired of only getting 75 cents for every dollar we pay in federal taxes versus a state like Mississippi that get probably $1.25 for every dollar. With our deficit, we will gladly unburden the ungrateful folks in Mississippi!

    But my money says the hypicrite takes money and tries to take credit for lobbying for it as well.

    February 22, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Just another American

    It's sad to think that the lives of the people of Mississippi will be left in the dark ages with the repub leadership that is just keeping march step with the national GOP forum. 8 years of Bush spending and making our government LARGER than ever, deregulating Wall Street and borowing BILLIONS from the Chinese and the GOP had nothing to say then. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour didn't have any problem taking gov funds back when the economy was circling the the drain under GOP leadership. Now he has a conscious? Poor poor Mississippi....
    BTW, to hard core repubs, it IS unpatriotic to wish for your government OR President to fail.

    February 22, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. allen

    why doesn't the south (the confederacy) seceed again? they seem to have the same republikan values of a hundred years ago. and take alaska with it.

    February 22, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. mason

    If Mississippi or Texas were up there with the most successful of states, they might have a point to make about how to run a government. But clearly, either the “leadership” in those states has no idea how to run government or they are purposely holding their own people back.

    Hmmm…let’s see, in who’s best interest is it to dismantle education and infrastructure? Could it be those states are trying to create their own little Mexico, a place where labor is cheap and can’t fight back?

    February 22, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Charles from Atlanta

    As usual, GOP always think about business first.

    February 22, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    That's right put politics ahead of your people. BTW, I know President Obama like to think like Lincoln. Usually that is great, but if Mississippi and South Carolina decide they would no longer want to be part of the United States I say let em go this time.

    February 22, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. V.K. RAMAN, Sparks, NV

    50th and 49th States in per capita income and growth will like to be that way so it is easier to control poverty stricken people and continue their policy of depriving the poor. Keep going, God will save you two governors.

    February 22, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. Linda, NY

    What is hard to understand is not that the governor of Mississippi is spouting the party line about wanting to keep taxes for employers low it is the fact that any citizen of our country could agree with him. We have had years of government for the corporations and against the people and big business is the reason we are sitting in this mess. Corporate policies have raped America for long enough. It is time for the south to accept that slavery is gone-workers have to be paid and rich business people need to share the costs of keeping our country vital. I wish the south would start their own country and leave the intelligent people in the rest of the country alone to move forward into the 21st century.

    February 22, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Ray

    If mississippi doesn't want the money, send it to Oregon. We will put it to good use.

    February 22, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Is it 2013 yet?

    I am from the state of Mass and it is in the top 5 most corrupt states in the country, but you folks would know that as you have all heard of Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Tip O'Neill,,,,,,,,,

    Patrick is a "typical" tax and spend and spend and spend... liberal who can't get enough of my money and he is raising our gax tax another 19 cents to now be the highest in the country to pay for roads.

    But the gutless Globe and liberals in this state of course don't report that we already pay the second highest amount per mile for our roads in the country.

    And this empty, empty vessel was blaming Romney and US for not doing or PAYING enough.

    Patrick and Obama are best buds with the same Axelrod in charge of their thoughts (think of the idiot Bush and Karl Rove) and you must realize how screwed Mass residents are with the double empty-suit whammy of these two fools making decisons that are going to destroy our way of life for generations to come.

    If this was just a STIMULUS bill, I would be all for it, but it is loaded with political paybacks that wull not help MOST of us.

    CNN please unleash Lou Dobbs to report the TRUTH of this bill, GOOD and the TON OF BAD.

    February 22, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Max Goodelman

    I really can not comment on the Stimulus packages being offered to the States and the Corporations since I have not read the fine print. I do know that the C.E.O's and Governors do not want to change their life styles. They have caused the problems that we have today. They want the middle class and poor to change their lifestyles and let them to continue going on with the downward trend in our economy. Let's give the President a chance to help us fight the eroding economy. There will be problems and we can work thru them if we try to work together.

    February 22, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Suzan Meyer

    All these republican officials are useless. After dipping the country to such a low and making every one suffer still they continue their foolish arguments without focusing on rebuilding the economy. The entire bunch of republicans work against Obama and put so much of stumbling blocks. I will never ever vote for a republican in future

    February 22, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Craig - Hastings, MN

    Pathetic political gamesmanship with the lives of those in need by yet another brain-dead worshiper of Ronald Ray-gun "dead ideas". That being "trickle down" Someone please tell me what "trickles down" when there is nothing left because the greedy have taken it all? As for lying? Well the Republicans are no worse than the Democrats. When are people going to learn that there is NO SUCH THING as a "Tax Cut/Break. When are people going to quit wanting all this stuff as long as SOMEONE ELSE pays the bill? We are all in this together people. Start acting like it .Start by electing fresh faces and fresh IDEAS instead of the same old CRAP you keep getting from the R's and D's. That is of course if YOU have the courage (which I've seen dam little of lately) to actually step into a voting booth and do it.

    February 22, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. joe mett

    The Governors of South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana are just plain laughable. They talk as if their states are the most wealthy and rich in the United States of America. I have traveled through these states and as unbelievable as it might sound significant parts of these states look like banana republics! Yet still their Governors would not take parts of the stimulus money.

    These Governors are living in the fantasy world of plantation slavery economies where slaves and the down trodden must forever live at the bottom level of society. Gov. Sanford can afford this because he has enough plantation economy trust money in his private accounts not to be bordered about poverty. The fact of the matter is that these southern states have too many pockets of third world poverty in their states for them to pretend that they do not need the stimulus money!

    No wonder and is it not ironic that the Governor of California wants their money if they do not want it. The fact check is that California is the biggest economy state in the Union. May be we have to partition the south and call it the United States of the South Of America!

    February 22, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. joe

    LETS LOOK AT HOW MUCH MORE MONEY MISS GETS THAN IT ALREADYS PAYS THE FED GOVT !!!! THESE SOUTHERN STATES GENERATE NOTHING AND TAKE TAKE TAKE !!!!!

    February 22, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Jay

    Hahahah! The GOP gov's won't take the money! Screw you, citizens!

    February 22, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. alko

    This governer should be fired and be on unemployment while trying to find a new job. Maybe then he will think extending unemployment benifits aint so bad. And just maybe he won't have to give up his home like so many others are.

    February 22, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Larry

    Obama and the Democrats in Congress are KILLING THE CASH COW so they can have steak TODAY .TODAY,TODAY,TODAY,that's all Democrats can think about---Gov. Haley Barbour,is doing his JOB,looking toward the future,if Bush and Congress had been doing their job,we would not be in this situation now:

    When are you going to put Congress under the same microscope you do the bankers? People like Barney Frank,Chris Dodd, and Maxine Waters forced the banks to make loans to people that should not have qualified, then continued to protect the practice when everyone saw the problem coming six years ago. Now Frank, Waters and others are screaming the loudest at the banks for doing what they were forced by Congress to do. Quite honestly, I have more faith in the banks, as bad as they are, than I do this Congress.

    Democrat Barney Frank,Chris Dodd, and Maxine Waters caused this because they did not plan for the future.

    February 22, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Linda, NY

    Dave the truth is that more college graduates voted for President Obama than they did for McCain. Did you even take note of the difference between those who showed up at the President's rallies as compared to thos who showed up for McCain? The proof is in the pictures.

    February 22, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Seth Hill

    Every Senator and Representative who voted against the Stimulus Package should refuse to take ANY funds for their state or district. Governors did not get to vote, but those who expressed opinions against the Stimulus Package should refuse any funds for their state.
    In my opinion, that's the only honest, honorable thing to do. Otherwise they are hypocrites of the first order.

    February 22, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Texan

    Republicans have created the welfare society for the middle class and as usual they don't want to help average Americans. National government has been taken away from the Republicans and I hope the Republican party will become a thing of the past (Bush past).

    February 22, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. raagos

    WHATS GOING ON WITH GOP GOV THEY DONT WANT HELP UNEMPLOYED PPL LIKE US. JUST SO THEY CAN RUN FOR OFFICE 2016 ELECTION. AND GET HEPL RUSH.

    I BELIEVE COUNTRY FRIST. NOT GOP

    February 22, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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