White House budget director Peter Orszag says a state legislature can’t apply for funds from a key pot of education money from President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus plan if its governor fails to do so.
With governors facing a Friday deadline to seek their states’ shares of $48.6 billion in the recovery package’s State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, Orszag’s opinion puts more pressure on a handful of Republican governors who oppose the stimulus plan Obama signed into law on February 17.
April 3: Deadline for the Governor of the State to certify that: (1) the State will request and use funds provided by this Act; and (2) the funds will be used to create jobs and promote economic growth.
Sarah Palin is playing political games with the stimulus package and Alaskans will miss out on the opportunities the plan offers in several areas.
The Governor's behaviour is irresponsible, callous and self-serving.
Alaskans will remember that.
Sarah Palin is no longer the golden child of the GOP and doesn't realize that her faithful base in the lower 48 is very narrow.
She will end up with nothing. No office in 2010, no 2012 run for the presidency.
But she's quite willing to let Alaskans pay the price for her shortsighted ambitions.