March 19th, 2009
05:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin to reject almost half of stimulus money

Palin will only accept federal stimulus money for 'job-ready' projects.
Palin will only accept federal stimulus money for 'job-ready' projects.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will reject almost half of the federal stimulus money available to her state, her office said Thursday.

"We will request federal stimulus funds for capital projects that will create new jobs and expand the economy," Palin said in a statement. "We won't be bound by federal strings in exchange for dollars, nor will we dig ourselves a deeper hole in two years when these federal funds are gone."

Palin said she will accept 55 percent of the federal bailout money and designate it to capital projects that she said are "job-ready." That breaks down to 514.1 million of the $930.7 million that was allocated to her state by the federal government.

Palin requested $262.6 million for transportation and aviation projects and the rest for water and sewage, public housing, a University of Alaska Fairbanks research vessel and other projects.

"We need to ensure that these stimulus dollars are used for job opportunities for Alaskans, while preserving the regular operating spending decisions through the normal budget process," Palin said in a statement.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. DNC must be changed.

    GOOD JOBS. GO SARAH PALIN 2012

    March 19, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. rob verdi

    good for her, much of that money comes with strings that empower DC at the expense of her state.

    March 19, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Lori

    Oh Sarah. So the fact that she's taking majority of the stimulus money means that she is against it?

    Hey Sarah, you may need to take the rest of the stimulus money to pay your back taxes.

    March 19, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Chris from San Antonio

    She sounds like a socialist.

    March 19, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. HappyAmerican

    But, isn't she overflowing with oil revenues? What happened? Did she mismanage it? Did she spend it on clothes? Family travel expenditures? Just another hypocrite!

    March 19, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. KG, Twin Cities

    A fool and her money are never connected. Will her fellow Alaskans like this? Even they must be feel, excuse me, filling the effects of this down economy.

    March 19, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Brian Crooks

    So Palin, like corrupt financial execs, will only accept government aid if there are no strings attached. You know, strings like a cap on executive pay, or a provision that the stimulus funds only be used for certain projects. Great, let Sarah control alllllll the money and give the federal government no say in how federal dollars are spent. Let's just buy helicopters and AK-47s and hunt wolves all day. That's how to create stimulus. Or better yet, let's spend all the money on abstinence-only education and shotgun weddings.

    March 19, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Michael in Houston, Texas

    Okay but I thought the Republicans were so against the bailout???? All talk as usual. A bunch of grandstanding. And that is why the Republican Party is the butt of all jokes in politics.

    March 19, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Ricci

    A political move in the making.

    March 19, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. kayla

    WHY DON'T YOU REFUSE ALL THE MONEY?

    March 19, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Daryl from Seattle

    I hope she's not just playing politics with that decision. If it's for the good of her state, so be it, but this had better not be meant to set up her 2012 bid by drawing a defined line in the sand.

    March 19, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    The Village Idiot is at it again.

    March 19, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. arithmetic is liberal

    You know what? In Palin's case, good for her! Alaska doesn't need a dime of stimulus money when they are the biggest pork barrel state in the Union.

    March 19, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Ken in NC

    I see the village idiot is at it again

    March 19, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. PJ

    Sarah!! Stay in your Igloo and watch for the Russians.

    March 19, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. Concerned American

    This is a good example of people putting Politic ahead of country... similar to Rush Limbaugh that said "I hope Obama fails"....He was hope, Palin trying to make it happen.

    March 19, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. cheryl brooks from cali

    Too bad you're not a community organizer cause just think of what you could do in just two years...outside of moose hunting...

    March 19, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. jd. Fonswoth III

    Her Ego is letting money slip out of the hands of Alaskans.

    March 19, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Steph

    Why would she take the money when she can just sell all the clothes that she still hasn't auctioned off for charity and use it to pay unemployment benefits.

    March 19, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Voter

    Glad to see Alaska is better off than I thought.

    Alaska, you know, has a lot more in common with third world countries than it does with the rest of the US.

    Bust apparently Sara has it all under control. Great! Other states will benefit.

    And I'm sure those out-of-work Alaskans will vote her back in so she can continue the swell job she's been doing.

    March 19, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Neutralizer

    Smart move Governor Palin, your constituents are lucky to have you for governor.

    March 19, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Peter

    She is beyond stupid

    March 19, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. txleadhead

    What can you expect fron half a brain?

    March 19, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Sammy

    Lets see. She wants our money but doesnt want to hear how we think it should be spent. How noble.

    March 19, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Truth Bomb Thrower

    Good going, Sarah. Arnold Schwarznegger should take some good governor lessons from you. If there were more smart voters in this country, you would be our vice president now. Hope to see you in 2012.

    March 19, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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