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Rick Perry becomes next governor to reject federal stimulus money

Posted by iusbvision on March 12, 2009

Why?

For the same reasons other governors have, it comes along with so many unfunded mandate strings attached that states who accepted this money would have to raise taxes to comply with the strings.  In essence this is the Federal Government using stealth tactics to force the states to be the agent of raising your taxes.

Houston Chronicle:

Gov. Rick Perry set up a possible battle with the Legislature today by rejecting about $555 million from the federal government for expanded aid to unemployed Texans on grounds that the money would come attached with too many costly obligations.

Perry announced his refusal of the funds in Houston at a Bering’s Hardware store near the Galleria, where a store official said accepting that share of the nation’s so-called stimulus package might mean having to pay an additional $12,000 a year in unemployment insurance.

“Employers who have to pay more taxes have less money to make their payroll” and would have to raise prices on their products, the governor said. “The calls to take the (stimulus) money and sort out the consequences later are quite troubling to me.”

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6307951.html

2 Responses to “Rick Perry becomes next governor to reject federal stimulus money”

  1. Phil said

    It amazes me that conservatives think there’s this secret liberal conspiracy to raise taxes no matter what. Just because conservatives view end goals in terms of lower taxes and smaller government doesn’t mean liberals view end goals in terms of higher taxes and bigger government.

    That being said, lets be real here. Don’t you think its a little too convenient that most of the governors who are rejecting stimulus money are potential nominees for the Republican nomination in 2012?

    [Then its real easy – just take the unfunded mandate strings off the stimulus money and lets find out – Edititor]

  2. Phil said

    [Then its real easy – just take the unfunded mandate strings off the stimulus money and lets find out – Edititor]

    That’s non responsive.

    [Your response shows that you didn’t even get informed enough about the issue to understand how completely germaine my statement was. – Editor]

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