Governor Bobby Jindal (R) of Louisiana has said ‘no thanks’ to Obama’s porkulus spending money. You can read more about it below, see photos, and watch a video.
For years, many of us wondered if there were any fiscally conservative politicians ‘out there’ anymore. Well, there is at least one.
Bobby Jindal has become the first governor to refuse officially a part of his state’s share of the $787 billion
spending stimulus bill, this while The One was warning the mayors of this country to spend their portion of the bulbous pot ‘wisely’.
Governor Jindal said Louisiana would not participate in a program aimed at expanding his states’ unemployment insurance coverage.
“Increasing taxes on our Louisiana businesses is certainly not a way to stimulate our economy. It would be the exact wrong thing we could do to encourage further growth and job creation,” said Mr. Jindal, although the Louisiana legislature could override his decision.
He said accepting the money would have required a change in state law and, after federal money runs out in three years, would have led to a $12 million increase in taxes on his state’s businesses to keep funding the benefit. He also warned other states against the program.
“I strongly suggest that other states also look closely at this provision in the bill so they can also avoid ultimately passing on a significant tax to businesses that will be left paying for this expansion of benefits when the federal money dries up,” he said.
It is also rumored that Republican Governors Barbour (MS), Sanford (SC), Perry (TX), Otter (ID) and Palin (AK) will also decline portions of the stimulus package intended for their states. But now there may be some backpeddling on that because of in-state pressures.
There are however some Republican Governors like Florida’s Charlie Crist, Georgia’s Sonny Perdue and Alabama’s Bob Riley who are embracing the porkulus and have already figured the money into their state’s budgets because their states need it so badly.
Some of our fiscally conservative governors may be able to give themselves political cover by turning down small portions of the stimulus money (like health care dollars that require a state match which they might not fully use anyway). But the reality is that many states across the country are hurting and governors will most likely take most if not all of stimulus money.
Bobby Jindal is scheduled to give the Republican response to President Obama’s address Tuesday night to Congress. He’s a rockstar in conservative circles but it will be the first time many across the country will get a good look at him.
With public opinion of the porkulus package dropping with every poll taken, Bobby Jindal and his pricipled conservative opposition to it, is a great representation of an energizing GOP.
Bobby Jindal Video