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GOP Governors in disagreement over stimulus

Several Republican governors said Sunday that they will turn town some of the funds alloted to them by the stimulus plan signed into law last week by President Obama, reported CNN.

Despite support of federal action to aid their states during the recession, there is a major divide among Republican governors over whether the stimulus plan money will help or not, reported the New York Times.

The disagreements were clear among Republicans during the annual National Governor's Association meeting, over differences in approach to their state's deficits, as well as reactions to the president's new stimulus bill.

"If we were to take the unemployment reform package that they have, it would cause us to raise taxes on employment when the money runs out -- and the money will run out in a couple of years," Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

Also in agreement are Republican governors of Alaska, Idaho, Lousiana, South Caroline and Texas.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California said he is in support of the stimulus funds, and told CNN that he does not foresee a need for a tax hike in the future to sustain the unemployment provisions.

"I don't like this bill, but it is now the law. ... It's now our responsibility and opportunity to try to implement it," Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told "Fox News Sunday", said CNN.

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/22/stimulus.governors/index.html
NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/23/us/politics/23govs.html?_r=1&ref=us