Governor Continues to Express
with President's Stimulus Package
February 03, 2009
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin again today expressed her serious
concerns with President Obama's proposed stimulus package. In
a joint letter sent to Alaska's congressional delegation, Governor
Palin, House Speaker Mike Chenault and Senate President Gary
Stevens cautioned that unrestrained spending, initiation of new
programs that the states may be asked to continue after the federal
stimulus is gone, and the borrowing of hundreds of billions of
dollars to pay for it may result in serious economic problems
in the future.
Governor Palin recently traveled to the nation's capital to personally
express her concerns with the stimulus package with business,
economic and political leaders. Quoting a news release, the
trip was not an effort to endorse or lobby for the current stimulus
package now before Congress.
"I agree with the decision of Senator Murkowski and Congressman
Young to vote NO on the package," Governor Palin said.
The governor has strongly supported funding for infrastructure
that creates good American jobs and will have a positive effect
on the nation for generations to come.
"It's a given that a stimulus package is needed and will
happen," Palin said. "With guaranteed spending on
the table, I am arguing for needed construction projects and
tax breaks that will truly stimulate the economy and create jobs,
and against increased federal programs that will become a state's
unfunded mandate to continue funding for generations."
Senate President Gary Stevens agreed. "We need the funding
but not more federal programs to maintain," he said. "We
need to make wise use of limited state funds."
House Speaker Mike Chenault added, "The letter addressed
to members of Congress and the Alaska Delegation basically tells
those members where Alaska sits on the issues of the stimulus
package and how it will affect Alaska as far as a funding formula
goes. So it just gives them a little bit clearer picture on
what the needs are for the state of Alaska in comparison with
the rest of the nation."
Governor Palin and the legislative leadership also highlighted
the conventional fuels that Alaska has to offer and the need
to find ways the federal government can help bring the state's
clean burning natural gas through a pipeline to the midwest.
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