Of the $930 million in stimulus funds awarded to the state of Alaska, Governor Sarah Palin has said she doesn't want nearly a third of it. Joining the ranks of many other Republican governors such as South Carolina Governor, Mark Sanford, who are not accepting the full amount offered to them, Palin insists there are just too many strings attached. According to the Anchorage Daily News, Palin rejected money that would go towards government operations. Governor Palin had this to say:
We won’t be bound by federal strings in exchange for dollars, nor will we dig ourselves a deeper hole in two years when these federal funds are gone. For instance, in order to accept what look like attractive energy funds, our local communities would be required to adopt uniform building codes. Government would then be required to police those codes. These types of funds are not sensible for Alaska.As expected, many Alaskan Democrats are outraged at Governor Palin and insist she's doing this for her own political gain. Despite their assertions, Palin's approval rating amongst her constituents remains strong at 61%, a number much higher than most of her fellow state governors, particularly democrats.
In other Palin news, the Governor has expressed her shock and outrage over the comments President Obama made on "The Tonight Show" regarding the Special Olympics:
This was a degrading remark about our world’s most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world. These athletes overcome more challenges, discrimination and adversity than most of us ever will. By the way, these athletes can outperform many of us and we should be proud of them. I hope President Obama’s comments do not reflect how he truly feels about the special needs community.Sarah Palin has a unique perspective on people with special needs as she and her husband Todd Palin have a one year old son, Trig, who was born with with Down Syndrome.