August 10th, 2009
07:25 PM ET
5 years ago

Alaskan lawmakers say 'thanks but no thanks' to Palin veto

Sarah Palin's veto of $28 million in stimulus cash was overturned on Monday.
Sarah Palin's veto of $28 million in stimulus cash was overturned on Monday.

(CNN) – Just one week after Sarah Palin stepped down as governor of Alaska, Alaskan lawmakers succeeded in overriding her veto of federal stimulus dollars.

The legislature voted Monday 45-15 in favor of overturning the former governor's veto of more than $28 million in Recovery Act funds targeted toward energy efficiency projects.

The Alaska legislature met for a one-day special session in Anchorage. Heading into the vote, Rep. Mike Hawker, who voted in support of finally accepting the stimulus funds, anticipated a close decision, coming down to a couple of votes either way.

“I think it's tight,” the Anchorage Republican said before the vote. A veto override in Alaska requires a three-fourths majority of the entire legislature.

Palin rejected the Department of Energy money in May and continues to defend the controversial move.

"As Governor, I did my utmost to warn our legislators that accepting stimulus funds will further tie Alaska to the federal government and chip away at Alaska's right to chart its own course," Palin wrote on her Facebook page Sunday. "Enforcing the federal building code requirements, which Governor Parnell and future governors will be forced to adopt in order to accept these energy funds, will eventually cost the state more than it receives."

"There are clear ropes attached, and Alaskans will soon find themselves tied down by codes which will dictate how we build and renovate homes and businesses. The state has hundreds of millions of dollars already budgeted for conservation, weatherization and renewable energy development. Legislators don't need to play politics as usual and accept these funds and the ropes that come with them."

State lawmakers dispute Palin's objections to the stimulus money. In a letter to Alaska House Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. Mike Hawker and obtained by CNN, the Department of Energy wrote that the Alaska legislature "does not need to adopt, impose and enforce a statewide building code" in order to qualify for the energy funds.

Palin originally threatened to reject more than $400 million of the state's $930 million share of the stimulus package. Eventually Palin signed off on all but the three percent under consideration Monday by state lawmakers.


Filed under: Alaska • Sarah Palin • Stimulus bill
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Bob of Lompoc

    Once again, for no real reason, you media types report everything that may, did or will happen to this attention freak, Palin.

    August 10, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. Everyone in Canada has quality healthcare

    Sarah Palin is the Democrats best friend. The more she talks – the more she inspires Independents to go centre left. She sounds so dumb and she rarely makes any sense.

    August 10, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. Jackson

    why is sarah nutjob palin still in the news? I really wish she would go away....I am tired of this ticker too many people being negative and not much actually gets accomplished by posting here.

    August 10, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  4. nathan smith ga

    i know alaska must be proud that sarah the terrible is no longer their govenor, i would be too.

    August 10, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  5. I am Newt's ex wife

    Here you go Alaska.....you elected a person who has absolutely no empathy for that state. She quit and believe me you all are much better off and the moose are too!!!

    August 10, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. accepting stimulus funds will further tie Alaska to the federal government

    she can't really believe this crap

    she is trying to find something to say and this was the best she could think up

    Alaskans are lucky she is gone and the legislature is not as completely dumb as Palin is and was when she held the seat

    August 10, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  7. Tariq

    Unless you plan on writing a fiction book Sarah...Quit making things up!

    August 10, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  8. Bill of Florida

    Wow! The Alaska State legislature vetoed Sarah Palin. It would appear from this vote that Alaska was being held back by its former governor. Of course they want federal stimulus dollars. No state in its right mind would turn those dollars down. This vote also makes me wonder if the State of Alaska was really doing so well under Ms. Palin. I wonder what you Alaskans have to say about that. Was she effective as a governor or ineffective?

    August 10, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  9. unshrub

    It's going to be a while for Alaska to live down that kook of a governor they had with Palin.

    August 10, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  10. "real" American

    Palin is pathetic from her overworked attempts at acting like an average American that make her come across as an idiotic hick to her failure to gain the support of her own state legislature that makes her come across as an incompetent idiotic hick.

    August 10, 2009 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  11. Liberal4Obama

    LOL. Sarah Palins Veto to President Obamas stimulus package suffered death by a thousand "paper" cuts. Its very reassuring to see that Alaskan politicians are smarter than "that".

    August 10, 2009 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  12. gl, Pittsburgh

    Sara Paliln quit her Governor job to go on a 24/7 attack on President Obama. She have so much hate for this President she couldn't not do her Governor job. I seen right though her and know she was going to go on a 24/7 attack on President Obama becasue she is so upset she lose to a black man with her racist self.

    August 11, 2009 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  13. welches, oregon

    “I think it's tight,” the Anchorage Republican said before the vote.

    yea, 45-15 is real tight huh.......

    Palin originally threatened to reject more than $400 million of the state's $930 million share of the stimulus package. Eventually Palin signed off on all but the three percent under consideration Monday by state lawmakers.

    Palin is the First Hypocrite.

    Now this nut wack is out there telling her few supporters to not use "her " tactics when trying to have a health care dicussion.

    "As Governor, I did my utmost to warn our legislators that accepting stimulus funds will further tie Alaska to the federal government and chip away at Alaska's right to chart its own course," Palin wrote on her Facebook page Sunday

    Still dreaming of Alaska succeeding from the union are ya Falin Palin?

    August 11, 2009 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  14. Aunt Bea and Opie

    You dont think her masters at exxonmobil had anything to do with her actions do you?hahaha

    August 11, 2009 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
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