Alright, this news article is a few days old, but since the Senate hasn’t voted on the stimulus package yet, it’s still applicable. I read an AP article that a friend showed me, and while I won’t post the whole thing, I’ll highlight some key points. The article talks about Republican Governors who are urging Congress to pass the stimulus bill. The full article can be read here. Then I went looking for more positions on the bill and found a few other governors’ positions.
Here’s what some of the Republican Governors have said:
- Vermont Governor Jim Douglas went to Washington, D.C. earlier this week to push the Senate to pass the bill. His deputy chief of staff, Dennise Casey told the AP, “As the executive of a state experiencing budget challenges, Governor Douglas has a different perspective on the situation than congressional Republicans.” On another occasion, Douglas said that he “believes that the federal government should pass some form of federal recovery to assist states that are struggling right now.”
- Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said, “States have to balance their budgets. So if we’re going to go down this path, we are entitled to ask for our share of the money.” He did go on to say later though, “I’m quite concerned about the federal government spending money it doesn’t have. We’re on an unsustainable path of deficit spending and borrowing.” A spokesman for Pawlenty also said, “Governor Pawlenty has serious concerns about the stimulus package passed by the House. He believes the bill should focus more on tax cuts and addressing the housing crisis and not the buffet of Democrat spending initiatives the bill now contains.If a bill does pass, Minnesota will accept its share of the money because we are a significant net contributor to the federal government. A study shows Minnesota receives about 72 cents for every $1 sent to Washington – so we’re paying more than our fair share.”
- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin released a statement saying that she “has asked the nation’s leaders to look at these issues to ensure fairness in the stimulus package and that the package does not harm the long-term fiscal health of the nation. Contrary to some news reports, she looks forward to continuing to work with Alaska’s congressional delegation to accomplish the state’s goals.”
- Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons’s spokesman told reporters, “The state of Nevada’s economy is in a deep financial crisis and any financial assistance, including the stimulus package, would be welcome.”
- Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell “supports the idea of a federal stimulus intended to help states create jobs and help states pay for soaring health care costs. She has written Congressional leaders as well as the state’s delegation on several occasions advocating for such a package; in fact, as far back as Senator Lieberman’s Subcommittee hearing last March on corn, ethanol prices and the food supply, she mentioned in written testimony provided to the Subcommittee that some form of second stimulus package was needed.”
- Florida Governor Charlie Crist also backed the plan, saying, “If it passes, which I believe and I hope that it will, I want to make sure that Florida gets her fair share. I know it’s important in terms of infrastructure, education, making sure that we have good roads that are stable and strong, bridges that are secure, that we have an education system that is second to none.”
- 19 governors sent a letter to President Obama supporting the stimulus package, including 4 Republican governors: Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA), Jodi Rell, Charlie Crist, and Jim Douglas.
Personally, I am ASHAMED of those Republican governors! Just because they can’t get their state to balance their budget doesn’t mean that MY tax dollars should go toward stimulating their state. Heck! I’m from Michigan – we probably need the money more than any other state, but you don’t see me going around saying, my state deserves YOUR tax dollars. And the fact is, my state doesn’t deserve your tax dollars. We got ourselves into this, we need to get ourselves out. Spending money through some pork bill is NOT going to stimulate the economy!
Stand up to this wasteful spending. I encourage all of you to call up your Senators and Governors and express concern over this bill.