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Be glad you are not unemployed in Alaska, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana or Texas!

02.23.09

http://www.skeeterbitesreport.com/2009/02/souths-dominance-of-gop-evident-in.html

“……BARBOUR: ACCEPTING FEDERAL $$ FOR JOBLESS BENEFITS WOULD RAISE TAXES

But South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford sharply disagreed, insisting that the GOP must stick to its conservative principles. “There’s a tug of war right now within the party as to where we go next,” Sanford acknowledged in an interview with The New York Times. “I am in the camp that says we go back to basics. There are other folks who say something a little different. The answer will be determined in this tug of war.”

Sanford, along with conservative GOP Governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Rick Perry of Texas and Palin served notice that they would not accept millions of federal stimulus dollars for expanded unemployment compensation because they object to federal requirements that their states provide relief for part-time workers who lost their jobs as well as to full-time workers.

Barbour also argues that the unemployment benefit requirements would force his state to raise taxes……..”