Most Governors Welcome Stimulus Money, Some Exceptions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Most of the nation's governors are welcoming the money heading their way from President Obama's economic stimulus plan and are downplaying an apparent split in Republican ranks over the plan.

Some GOP governors say they may reject some of the billions in federal funds, intended mainly for education, health care and transportation.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has said he'll refuse a portion of the money aimed at expanding state unemployment insurance.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and South Carolina's Mark Sanford have indicated they might reject some of the money, too.

Prominent Democratic governors have dismissed the detractors as "fringe" Republicans eager to score political points.
It's drawn a rebuke from Sanford, who chairs the Republican Governors Association. He says "the real fringe" are those who support the stimulus. He says it's not in keeping with the principles that made the country great and not in keeping with the sentiments of most of the country.

The National Governors Association is holding its three-day winter meeting in Washington.

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