February 22, 2009 Stimulus Bill Dominates Sunday Talk Shows As Republican Governors Talk Of Refusing Aid The recently enacted $787 billion economic stimulus bill dominated the Sunday morning talk as several southern governors discussed their decision to refuse federal assistance. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal talking on NBC's Meet the Press discussed his "fundamental disagreement" over the nature of the stimulus measure, reiterating an earlier claim that his state would not accept $100 million in federal unemployment assistance. "So many of these things that are called temporary programs end up being permanent government programs. But this one's crystal clear, black and white letter law. The federal stimulus bill says it has to be a permanent change in state law if you take this state money. And so within three years the federal money's gone, we've got now a permanent change in our laws, we have to pay for it, our businesses pay for it. I don't think it makes sense to be raising taxes on Louisiana businesses during these economically challenging times." Mississippi Governor Hayley Barbour echoed Jindal's skepticism on CNN's State of the Union. The governor took particular objection to expanding unemployment benefits to part time workers. "We’ve never done that in our state," the governor said. "Most states do not do that. If we were to change so we get this extra federal money, then we would have to put in extra tax on job creation in Mississippi." Other governors were eager to help plug growing state deficits with Washington's aid. "I’ll take it," said California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on ABC's This Week. "I’m more than happy to take his money or any other governor in this country that doesn’t want to take this money, I take it, because we in California can need it." California recently struggled to pass a budget closing a $42 billion deficit. Florida Governor Charlie Crist was also receptive to the $12.2 billion his state was set to receive from the stimulus bill. "It's not a matter of bucking the party," he said on Meet the Press. "It's a matter of helping the people." http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/29330644#29330644 This is an interesting MSNBC Video of Jindal talking about why we shouldn't accept these funds. For complete Ratings and recommendations on appliances, cars & trucks, electronic gear, and much more, subscribe today and have access to all of ConsumerReports.org.