State shouldn't reject federal stimulus money

Alabama is turning away a gift. While some are hailing the federal stimulus package as “pennies from heaven,” Gov. Bob Riley appears to regard at least part of it as a Trojan horse.

Riley has said he will refuse $100 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 because it has strings attached – The funding would require changes in Alabama’s unemployment laws. The Governor is right that strings exist, but he’s wrong about where they would lead us.


This Tuscaloosa News op-ed by ACPP policy analyst Stephen Stetson calls on Gov. Bob Riley to accept the unemployment insurance stimulus funds.

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