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. Zaley

    Notice how Sarah, after requesting the news media leave her and her family alone, continues to put herself in the spotlight. She's a fool.

    August 10, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    What Sarah really wants is Alaska to drop off the map of the United States of America.

    That would be fine with me!

    August 10, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Blue

    MY,my, my, how the mighty has fallen. She is a typical right-wing nut case. Words cannot descrie this crazy woman?

    August 10, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Mary Kay

    Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty Alaska is free at last.

    August 10, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. OBSERVER

    Now you know why she stepped down. CNN SHAM ON YOU you need to do more to set the record right. When Palin was taling about the health care plan and she made up those lies yhou should have asked "DID YOU READ THE BILL"? ASK her what page was that on? To let her use you as a mouth peace removes what little credibility you had left.

    I know this will never get past the moderator but at least I told you how big a Republican TOOL you have become.

    August 10, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    Wow! What may seem like a small story really is an achievement for the voters/taxpayers who deserve a piece of the pie being passed around. Pretty blantant statement in the vote.

    August 10, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  7. E

    That money is pocket change compared to the money they already get! Alaska takes int TWICE as much as it gives back.

    August 10, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. james

    reminds me of the Simpsons character: Ha...Ha...

    August 10, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. Doraine Gordon

    Thank goodness there are still people in Alaska who are looking out for folks other than themselves. I'm sure the people in Alaska are very happy that Palin quit when she did. Now if she will just disappear there will be lots of happy folks in the lower 48. The woman is just a crazy right winger who doesn't have sense enough to come in out of the rain. She reminds me of a goose who wakes up in a dfferent world every day. She is simply a nut case!!!

    August 10, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. Charlie Bradley

    HAHA this is delicious!! The people of Alaska are free from the wicked witch of Wasila!!! now if the rest of America could be so lucky!!!

    August 10, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. Dave

    This woman could start a civil war in this country with her careless comments. I know this is about her state vetoing her but, her comments about health care was very careless. The health care debate is very much needed so we can understand what this will mean to everyday working American, and how is the reforms will help our businesses compete and create jobs for this country. That's the debate not some scare tactics.

    August 10, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. Zion

    Girl, give it a rest.

    August 10, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. J. Allen

    I'm an old lady living in AZ and for the life of me I can't imagine (in my wildest dreams) how this "nut case" Palin ever got elected to anything. She opens her mouth and all kinds of crazy stuff pours out! How did the folks in Alaska get "hood winked" into electing her governor?... and how on earth did my Sen. McCain get "hood winked" into choosing this air head as his running mate? She is yelling at the media to keep her family out of the news and yet she drags her parents & son Trig into the fray... She behaves like a "wanna-be" beauty queen who will not accept the fact that she lost the contest! One thing I'm very sure of, if this is the best the GOP has to offer, they are in a world of hurt!! I've got advice for her: "Get over it, you are not the queen bee so go away, get a life and get out of ours"!!!!

    August 10, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. Kate in SW Fla

    Alaska, I guess last Sunday was yur luckiest day in, uh, well, 2 1/2 years.

    August 10, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. keith cummings

    am I right that under Palin Alsaka asked for and received more federal monies per capita than any other state? And Sarah Palin is worried that more federal monies will "chip away at Alaska's right to chart its own course". Something isn't making sense here.

    August 10, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. Laverne

    I know Alaskans are SOOO glad to be rid of this nutcase of a woman! We are hoping she goes back to Alaska and stay there and Alaskans are probably hoping she leave Alaska and never comes back!

    August 10, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. Georgia

    Alaska HAS to be SO happy that Palin isn't running that state into the ground anymore! Can you believe that the former governor vetoed more than $28 million in Recovery Act funds targeted toward energy efficiency projects. Leave it to her to try to stop something that will benefit the state (but then again – she is part of the party of NO). God forbid – this money may have generated some jobs for the unemployed also.

    "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," Since when does she NOT want money from the US Government. Alaska has accepted more per-capita than almost any other state!

    Republican's are MORON'S!

    August 10, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  18. ccc

    shes a joke

    August 10, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. dee beach

    The woman is an idiot. My son had a summer job thanks to stimulus funds.

    August 10, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. Crock

    she's an idiot...

    August 10, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. Johnny DC

    Gov. Palin is absolutely correct. What nobody realizes is that accepting this money CONTRACTUALLY binds your state to federal government-mandated stipulations, which are incredibly fiscally irresponsible and will damage the state finances of any state which participates in the bailout.

    Most Liberals unfortunately don't read the fine print, and think her denial of funding (like Sanford's in SC or Jindal's in LA) is based solely on keeping the poor man down.

    Here's a thought – read about your opponents. Learn what they advocate. We are all Americans here. Respect the other side instead of name-calling, and maybe they will return the favor. Almost none of you Liberal posters have anything to say except for blatant opinionated emotional spewings of hatred. Careful, you sound just like the way you paint us neo-CONs and Rethuglicans to be.

    August 10, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  22. S M R

    A great move for the economy of Alaska.The state could make big money off the failed "bridge to nowhere" tourist destination.

    August 10, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. Goodson

    Sick woman.

    August 10, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  24. Allison

    Palin has managed to put herself in the limelight again. I thought she wanted the media to leave her and her family alone. Does she really think she's America's sweetheart? Palin is an idiot.

    August 10, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  25. Susan

    it will be hard to get Alaska to a place where (like Michigan, who gets back about .70 for every dollar we send) they give more than receive from the feds, since they have the best ratio in the US at $1.84 for every dollar sent to Washington! And since when are building codes a bad thing? They ensure safe construction...wonder if Palin ever pulled the permits on her own home on the lake?
    And Sarah, you're not Governor any more, so they don't have to pander to you.

    August 10, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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