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

Palin to reject almost half of stimulus money

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Mel

    lol. They have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Good to know Palin doesn't care about her people. Do you get it now Alaskans? Time to get rid of her. She's bad news.

    March 19, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Los

    Sweet! More money for us down in CA!

    March 19, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Beverly in NC

    Alaska, South Carolina, and Louisiana are all third-world level states in terms of being last in educatiion excellence, last in jobs, last in income levels and last in intelligent Governors.

    I agree with a man in President Obama's townhall meeting yesterday. These states either take it all or get nothing. They think they are so smart to deny their states the money their people desperately need – then let them have NONE and give it to other states who want it to keep more teachers in their jobs, give more unemployment help to those who have lost jobs, and rebuild crumbling roads and bridges and schools.

    Notice these poorest states who are whining about taking stimulus money all have Repubican governors who are racists, extremists, and known hypocrites. What a surprise that the most ignorant states with the most ignorant governors are those who are refusing money their struggling people desperately need!

    March 19, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. cheryl brooks from cali

    This is exactly why you're not the vice-pres or president cause you don't know how to organize...

    March 19, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Scorpio Strong

    I think she is crazy as hell. She is trying to make Obama look bad and at the same time hurt herself and her state...And if I can recall she was so not the whole "bailout plan"

    March 20, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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