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.
GOOD JOBS. GO SARAH PALIN 2012
good for her, much of that money comes with strings that empower DC at the expense of her state.
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.
She sounds like a socialist.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A political move in the making.
WHY DON'T YOU REFUSE ALL THE MONEY?
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.
The Village Idiot is at it again.
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.
I see the village idiot is at it again
Sarah!! Stay in your Igloo and watch for the Russians.
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.
Too bad you're not a community organizer cause just think of what you could do in just two years...outside of moose hunting...
Her Ego is letting money slip out of the hands of Alaskans.
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.
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.
Smart move Governor Palin, your constituents are lucky to have you for governor.
She is beyond stupid
What can you expect fron half a brain?
Lets see. She wants our money but doesnt want to hear how we think it should be spent. How noble.
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.