Palin firm on refusing energy efficiency stimulus cash
June 5, 2009
Lawmakers are urging Governor Palin to reconsider her plan to reject $28.6 million for enerygy programs.
Alaska legislators argue Gov. Sarah Palin is overstating the strings attached to federal stimulus money she’s planning to reject. But Palin isn’t backing down, saying she doesn’t want the money because it requires a state energy code.
“We shouldn’t have to change our local laws to accept more of this federal package, as the feds already control much of our young state, thus prohibiting our opportunities to responsibly develop,” Palin said in an e-mail. The Legislature last month voted overwhelmingly to accept all of the stimulus funds — including the energy money, with legislative leaders saying they saw few of the strings that the governor expressed worry about.