Monday, March 23, 2009

KBH wants Perry to accept $555 Million Federal for Unemployment

Senator Hutchison has made clear her stance on Perry's rejection of $550 million for unemployment from the federal stimulus bill.

The Associated Press reports:
Gubernatorial candidate Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says Gov. Rick Perry should be looking for ways to accept $550 million in unemployment fund stimulus money but without committing the state to future federal mandates.

She told reporters at a Texas Daily Newspaper Association meeting Monday there may be a way to do that. She said Perry should be looking at every avenue to keep employers from facing higher unemployment taxes next year.

Perry faces Hutchison in the 2010 Republican primary. He recently rejected the federal money that would rescue the struggling unemployment insurance fund. He said it would commit the state to expanding jobless benefits.

Lawmakers call the move politically motivated.

Perry's aides did not immediately respond to Hutchison's remarks.

Not sure where Team Perry is or why they haven't responded. Usually the Governor's team is pretty quick at responding to comments. Perhaps they are still trying to figure out Empower Texans' conference call system from last night?

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