LOOK AT THIS HEADLINE: Texas Governor Refuses $556 Million Federal Aid For Unemployed
(DESPITE resounding disapproval from Republicans and Democrats - including Senators)
LET'S SEND A STREAM AND MASS OF LETTERS TO THIS GOVERNOR FROM AROUND THE WORLD!!!!
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Then, one of the last things this state does is execute the poor - who whether not guilty yet perhaps in the wrong place as a young person trying to find themselves, under the influence OR perhaps guilty or simply because of their poverty & how easy it is to frame those without means and advocacy - are often in very poor families or sections of the community - where there are few if any decent resources for help...they go to prison & to the executioner's axe often with the feeling American people don't care! (Interestingly, sometimes these bereft of friendship, advocacy and other support are supported by Europeans who are seeing what we are doing to our poor and reporting the same!)
March 13, 2009 1:02 a.m. Houston, TX (AHN) - Texas Governor Rick Perry on Thursday announced he will not accept the $556 million in federal stimulus money to aid unemployed Texans because it runs counter to state rules and will burden employers.Speaking at the Bering's Hardware in Houston,
Perry said the aid money comes with strings attached from Washington such as requiring the state to assist qualified out-of-work residents seeking part-time jobs.
He said the state has been against this benefit because of the potential to discourage them from seeking full-time employment.Perry also said the fund extends benefits to more low-paid workers, including women, elderly and students resulting in higher unemployment insurance payments by employers."Employers who have to pay more taxes have less money to make their payroll" and would have to raise prices on their products, the governor said, according to the Houston Chronicle.
When the federal money runs out, business will still have to pay the added cost, Perry said.
Though applauded by business groups, the governor's decision was criticized by Democratic and Republican senators for forsaking tens of thousands of Texans, who need financial help.
A legislative solution is being mulled by some Democrats in the House of Representatives and Senate to bypass Perry's decision or amend Texas' unemployment eligibility laws and overrule a likely veto by the governor.
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