Then you better reject part of the stimulus package.
JUNEAU — Gov. Sarah Palin is refusing to accept over 30 percent of the federal economic stimulus money being offered to Alaska, including dollars for schools, energy assistance and social services. […]
Palin is not taking about $288 million of the $930.7 million that Alaska is due in the federal stimulus. Palin said she is accepting the federal stimulus money that would go for construction projects, but not funding directed at government operations.
What’s curious is that the money she’s turning down is set for education, and Alaska is struggling with very large high school dropout rates. So this is an area where they need some extra help, right?
Well, it seems Palin understands this because I think I see a bit of “wink, wink, nudge, nudge” in the last paragraph here…
The biggest single chunk of money that Palin is turning down is about $170 million for education, including money that would go for programs to help economically disadvantaged and special needs students. Anchorage School Superintendent Carol Comeau said she is “shocked and very disappointed” that Palin would reject the schools money. She said it could be used for job preservation, teacher training, and helping kids who need it.
Palin said she’s sure that her decision on the education money will draw the most heat, and that she wouldn’t be surprised if the Legislature tries to change it. “It is a matter of discussing with our lawmakers if the expansion there is something we’re willing to pick up the tab for when the federal dollars dry up, when they no longer flow into Alaska,” Palin said.
Yes, Palin is taking a public stand against the money, but if the legislature wants to approve it, well, her hands are tied.
Folks, let’s remember that Palin was for $223 million in “pork” for that “Bridge to Nowhere”, as well as a similar total for another “Nowhere” bridge. So why be okay with nearly half a billion in federal money that would benefit only a tiny percentage of Alaskans and now be against less than a couple hundred million that would benefit the entire state?
I think it’s pretty clear, but I’m cynical that way.