March 13th, 2009
04:27 PM ET
11 years ago

Jindal to reject $98 million, less than Sanford, Perry

Jindal is rejecting $98 million in stimulus money.

Jindal is rejecting $98 million in stimulus money.

(CNN) - In a budget proposal released Friday afternoon, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal indicated he is only rejecting $98 million of the federal stimulus funds due his state.

That figure is far less than the $700 million South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has indicated he may reject if the federal government does not allow Sanford to use that money to pay down his state's debt.

Jindal, an early GOP critic of the stimulus bill, is specifically rejecting funds aimed at expanding unemployment benefits on the belief his state would have to pick up the tab on the provision in two years.

In the budget proposal released Friday, Jindal emphasized the money he is accepting is temporary and a means to ultimately cutting spending.

"It is very important to understand…that federal stimulus funds are temporary funds. As such, they cannot be thought of as a permanent part of our state’s budget," he said Friday, adding, "Federal stimulus funds give us time to reform how the state runs so we can cut spending, ensure we are spending efficiently, and live within our means."

Jindal's announcement also comes a day after Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he would reject the $555 million in federal funds direct to his state to expand unemployment benefits.

Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Mark Sanford • Rick Perry
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Lori

    Are you kidding me, Mr. Piyush Jindal: If you are against the stimulus money than you should not take even 1 cent!!! Nothing! That is called 'hypocrisy'. You cannot say that you are against the President's 'socialist' agenda then take the money. You, Republicans, have nothing to stand on. America sees it all!!!

    March 13, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Chris from NY

    I do not understand why this governor and the Republicans think it is necessary for the Government to tell Women what to do with their bodies but not get into solving other humanity’s problems. It’s like someone telling God what to do and what not to do. Those of us that are fighting these thoughts do so because the Govt operates as God. Whatever the Government says is the verdict. Isn’t that what George Bush did when he was in office. So, for the Republicans to be asking the Govt to ban abortion and debar them from helping the ones that are already born is mind bugling.

    March 13, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. David

    How dumb!! Just stop the provisions in 2 years idiot! republicans are fools and their people are suffering because of it. Even Arnold said this. Good Luck South. You have idiots in office, and have no one to blame except for yourselves and your brainwashed friends who call themselves conservative

    March 13, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. No Incumbents 2010

    @Steph March 13th, 2009 5:37 pm ET

    I'm so glad I don't live in SC, TX or LA.

    We are too!

    March 13, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Observant

    Reject it all!!!! All states should follow suit.

    March 13, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    Amazing...what is he thinking? The one state that it is physically obvious needs a push and a shove of some money to stabalize it's state....sad for the people that reside there....Gov. Jindal...I just can't understand your reasoning on hurt the very people your represent!

    March 13, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. kmp in NC

    Wow, the nerve of these governors who happen to govern states with some of America's poorest citizens to reject stimulus money. If people can not get unemployment benefits while they look for work, how will they do some of the things they need to for their families? Anyone who has received unemployment benefits knows the money is only a fraction of what one would make if still employed, but something is better than nothing. The GOP governors are the poster children for their party and once again they proved what 66 million Americans knew in November, they are completely out of touch with real Americans. It is hypocritical to start talking about spending now when everything has gone to hell in a hand basket. We as Americans have not known the cost of the Iraq War it was never disclosed in a budget by our former President. There was no issue with spending billons of dollars on Iraq, and now spending millions on Americans is being questioned or rejected all together. I agree with some of the other bloggers take all the money or none at all!

    March 13, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. yeah right

    Oh well good job BOOBY(Pyiush) whatever his name is let the unemployed suffer 2010 can't come soon enough.

    March 13, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. mw

    The Republican governors who are refusing the money, especially when needed to improve school buildings should be voted out next time around, or better yet impeached. They are testosterone or viagra driven. They are certainly not thinking of their constituents - especially not school children. Jerks. Idiots. Fools. Egomaniacs. Overpaid Rush worshipers. And the ugliest description in Amearican language –NEOCONS. My votes in NC rid the state of lots of Repugs. I am heading back to Texas soon, and will do my part to rid Texas of the pretty boy with all the hair and little else.

    March 13, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Jerry

    If you live in their state. Don't elect them when they go up for election. This is sick and disgusting. They don't need any money because we pay their salary. And for all of you who say don't take the money, you have to be a Republican that have you foot up someone buttttttt.

    March 13, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. snuggs

    He is letting his person politics get in the way of helping those in need. So saddening.

    March 13, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Mike

    Political posturing, nothing more. Jindal, you are supposed to be a servant of the people and acting on their behalf and in their best interests. I can see you are only acting in your own political interest here. Shame on you.

    March 13, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. JJ

    He understands that there are strings attached to this money and understands the repercussions of taking the money this year to pad the budget only to be in a bigger hole next year when there is no more Federal money (plus the fact that state revenues will be down because the economy will still be in the tank DUE to all this spending).

    March 13, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. Ann

    Take the entire amount or reject it all.... Rethuglicans are idiots. They are so against the working person.

    March 13, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. Jo

    I think if each unemployed person would call their governors office and ask them for a donation to help pay their rent/mortgage, put food on the table, pay for their next doctors visit, help with finding a job. Maybe the governor will be hiring or know where they can find work, or will pray for them so they won't go hungry and be out on the street. If the thousands of people in these 3 states alone did that, maybe their governor would actually think......sorry memory lapse, they are republicans and they don't care for the people. They want to be rightous and stand up to the president and look tough. Instead they are looking foolish, childish and not very smart. I hope all republicans are out of a job very very soon.

    March 13, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. Change in America

    Vote them Republicans out of the office I dont care if he reject 1 million dollars still vote them out.;;.;;;It sad that the american people votes these rich republicans in the office then they got the nerve to reject money will help there state.....

    Vote Republicans out the office 2010 especially Jindal

    March 13, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Do The Limp, Obsequious, Crack-licking Rushpublicans Have A Boehner Over Limbaugh Yet?

    Gotta keep 'em uneducmacated and wanton.

    March 13, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. liz

    Good to know that he will let his constituents suffer so that Rush Limbaugh will still like him.

    March 13, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. boered1

    Posturing idiot, but than again he is a member of the radical religious right and he does represent Louisiana, between them, Mississippi, and South Carolina they have a lock on 48,49 and 50 in almost every category, literacy, health, high school graduation rates, infrastructure, racial equality, best states to live in.. you name it they have a firm grasp on their position and therefore have nothing to lose do they!


    March 13, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. Snake eyes



    March 13, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. Rob, AK

    Honestly, if this was wasn't so obviously plitically motivated, this would be hilarious. It's even funnier that despite the political posturing by the governors of TX, LA, and SC, that their state legislatures are just going to overrule them and take all of the stimulus money anyway.

    March 13, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. EBJ

    so where does the money go that is rejected? I'm sure New Orleans is all the way back by now and they don't need any more help there, right?

    March 13, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. JSU-TIGER99

    Can someone please tell this man not to be a @$$ his state is at the bottom of the food chain where was the GOP in 2005 when his state was under "WATER" they were no where in sight and here he is talking about not taking money that is been offer to him. The people of these states where the governors are turning down this money they better wake up and smell coffee and the BULL SHI+ that that have in office.

    March 13, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Lisa

    What a lot of people are forgetting is that Louisiana got 3.8 BILLION in the stimulus package and he's reject a very small percentage of that.

    So it sounds good on TV – look at us (so-called) fiscal conservatives – rejecting money the big bad federal goverment is handing out. We'll ignore the fact I am accepting 3.7 billion.....

    March 13, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. Cynthia in Michigan

    Hey guys, send it Up North. We could sure use it now after years of paying plenty of federal taxes to help support your sorry selves. Oh, wait . . . that was socialism. Never mind.

    March 13, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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