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Tennessee may reject stimulus aid for jobless

 

Democrat Gov. Bredesen balks at conditions tied to federal package, long-term costs

 

By Chas Sisk "¢ THE TENNESSEAN "¢ February 25, 2009

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Tennessee could reject a portion of the $787 billion economic stimulus package out of concerns that it would force the state to raise taxes on businesses in the future.

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At the National Governors Association meetings in Washington, D.C., Gov. Phil Bredesen said this week that he might turn down relief for unemployed workers worth an estimated $143 million because of conditions placed on the money by Congress.

The stimulus package would also raise unemployment benefits by $25 a week for all workers, but in addition, lawmakers want states to expand the pool of people who can apply for benefits. That would put more pressure on an unemployment trust fund that is already trying to stave off insolvency.

"We are evaluating this piece of money, whether it makes sense for us to take it," Bredesen said in an interview Monday with the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "We're in the position of going back to our legislature this year for changes in our tax structure just to keep our fund whole, and taking it to a new level may be too much of a lift for the legislature this spring."

Balanced against that is the boost the state's unemployment fund could get from the stimulus package.

The plan would give every person claiming unemployment an extra $25 a week through 2009, starting next month. That part of the stimulus is funded separately and has already been approved by the governor.

 

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It seems that at least one Democrat has actually read Obama's SOCIALIST SPENDING SPREE Bill, and he's smart enough to know SOCIALISM and the spiraling costs that Tennesee taxpayers will be forced to pay through new taxes will not be worth it. This does not even count the millions of dollars in extra welfare payments that tenneseeans would be responsible for after the "stimulus" money runs out.

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