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
Answer by Anonymous at 11:13 AM on Jul. 19, 2009
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..
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
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:20 AM on Jul. 19, 2009
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 .....
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:26 AM on Jul. 19, 2009
Answer by lovinangels at 11:35 AM on Jul. 19, 2009
Answer by NotPanicking at 11:36 AM on Jul. 19, 2009
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?
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:45 AM on Jul. 19, 2009