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Who wanted to know if the Stimulus helped?

BILOXI, Miss. — A bipartisan group of governors said Saturday that the federal stimulus package helped states avoid deep budget cuts during the recession. But some at the National Governors Association convention said they're not pushing for another infusion of cash from Washington.

Republican Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi agreed there's no need for Congress to consider more aid to states any time soon. Most of the stimulus money disappears by December 2012, midway through the next budget year for many states.

Republican Gov. Jim Douglas of Vermont said state leaders would have liked fewer rules about how to spend the first batch of federal money, much of it directed to Medicaid and education.

"Governors always want more flexibility because priorities are different from state to state," Douglas said.

The governors were at the National Governors assos. convention

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 11:04 AM on Jul. 19, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • still not convinced. And neither are the rest of the ladies on here.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:13 AM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Stimulus money has done nothing but put us further in debt and it will do no more than make a bad situation worse. Hey I got it let's help this country's deficit by throwing boat loads of money at it making us China's little bitch! Great idea.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:15 AM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • still not convinced. And neither are the rest of the ladies on here.


    Well the governors that NEEDED that money ARE convinced, republicans and democrat ones.....and since they are the ones running the states I think I'll take THIER words over the ladies on CM who mostly want to scream and yell about how much they hate president Obama and those darn liberals..

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:19 AM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Stimulus money has done nothing but put us further in debt and it will do no more than make a bad situation worse. Hey I got it let's help this country's deficit by throwing boat loads of money at it making us China's little bitch! Great idea.


    We were already China's bitch

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:20 AM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • The stimulus was susposed to stop the unemployment fall and help states institute "shovel ready" jobs, NOT be used to support the rising unemployment rolls.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 11:20 AM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • The stimulus was susposed to stop the unemployment fall and help states institute "shovel ready" jobs, NOT be used to support the rising unemployment rolls.


    Your right, there was a certain % for unemployment rolls and a % for shovel ready projects and thats what happened. The governors were limited by how much they could do on both things .....

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:26 AM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Well, I'm glad that some good came out of the -what was it, 6%- they've spent of the actual 787 billion dollars.

    Doesn't change the facts that unemployment is still sky rocketing, darn thing was filled with pork, it had to be passed immediately to prevent things from getting as bad as they still are, etc, etc.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:35 AM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Well the governors that NEEDED that money ARE convinced, republicans and democrat ones.

    That's an awfully liberal interpretation of what they said, no pun intended. They said they don't want more and they wanted less rules. That's hardly "convinced." If I shoot a drug addict in the head they've been cured of their addiction, too. That doesn't mean it was the best or even a good option to use.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:36 AM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Ther ya go, it helped states pay the poor and elderly people their medicaid. Great. They were getting medicaid already and none of those states were threatening to cut it off. The people losing their jobs and houses get nothing. Small and med. businesses get nothing but the threat of taxes and even the states saying they have put the money to use know they will have trouble in 2011 keeping up with it when the money is gone. Trash, this is trash. Thats not help, thats putting off the inevitable. The stimulus has not helped anyone other than big banks and huge companies who stand to profit from Obama agenda. (especially GE).
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 11:42 AM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • "much of it directed to Medicaid and education."


    Ummm, if we need a stimulus to be directed to MEDICAID, why don't we reform it to cut costs? Why do we need to borrow from China? Why do we need to ADD a TRILLION dollar health care program if we cannot even pay and effectively run the programs we have? Anyone else seeing just how ludicrous our government is?

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:45 AM on Jul. 19, 2009

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