Governor Barbour On The Stimulus Bill

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour insists a stimulus package is needed, but he says this isn’t the one.

“First of all, we could create as many jobs and spent about half as much of the tax payers money,” said Barbour.

This compliant has been the number one reason the president’s stimulus package didn’t receive the bi-partisan support he had wanted.

“This bill is filled with social policy, reversing welfare reform in many ways, trying to change the way states and others do things. If they had just focused on the things that would create jobs, none of that would have been included,” said Barbour.

And it is not just the fact that the thousand plus page stimulus package is full of spending. Governor Barbour has been heavily quoted as saying he’s concerned about strings attached to the money. Specifically, when it comes to state unemployment benefits.

“They want us to change our rules for unemployment insurance to say that you can collect unemployment in Mississippi even if you aren’t willing to take a full time job. Well, we have never allowed that in our state,” said Barbour.

The Governor says in Mississippi unemployed workers must be willing and able to take a full time job.

“We want people who have lost jobs to no fault of their own to get some help until they can get back to work, but we don’t want to pay people not to work,”

When asked if he would accept all money designated for Mississippi Barbour said: “We are going to look at it.”

A position certain to create more debate in the state legislature.

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One Response to “Governor Barbour On The Stimulus Bill”

  1. Governor Barbour On The Stimulus Bill | Doug Jumper Says:

    […] stimulus package didn’t receive the bi-partisan support he had wanted.  (Full article here) […]

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