Yet another specious claim debunked…..

The claim? That the following States have declared “sovereignty”, citing the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution and are going to refuse Federal stimulus funds…

Washington, New Hampshire, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas

The “source”?

The reality? (Sorry folks, this one is going to get a bit long-winded…..)

Total bullshit….

Washington: — after calling for a 2nd stimulus package, seems unlikely she will refuse to take it.

Now that Congress has passed and President Obama has signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, our hard work really begins. While the federal economic recovery package will pump billions of dollars into our state and local economies to support and create jobs, the federal stimulus package is not a cure-all for our economy or closing the state budget shortfall.

The website is designed to help Washingtonians understand the recovery package and locate information that helps local governments find the right place to apply for funding. It also will serve as a “one-stop” location for accountability information so residents can see that the recovery money is being spent wisely.

~~ Governor Chris Gregoire

~~ Governor Chris Gregoire

New Hampshire: Nothing on the Governor’s website backing the claims whatsoever.

In fact, they’ve already signed an agreement to take some of the money.

Arizona: Also no such mention on the state site, but there IS a reference to the budget proposal by the governor wherein she raises taxes and cuts spending in order to make ends meet.

Montana: Not only is such a thing missing from the state’s site, but THIS is on the site:

The most important thing for me right now is to ensure that whatever money Montana does get, we can make sure it is on the ground and putting folks to work as soon as possible,” said Governor Schweitzer.

hardly a “turn down the money” move…..

Michigan: Nope, not there either…. but this is:

LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that communities that submitted sewer and drinking water infrastructure projects last spring and summer in anticipation of receiving low-interest loans for repairs this year will be among the first eligible to receive funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The ARRA is expected to provide $168.5 million and $67.5 million respectively for sewer upgrades and drinking water improvements in Michigan this year.,1607,7-192–210097–,00.html

Missouri: Nope, not turning down the monies….

February 26, 2009

Missouri receives first recovery payment of $223 million today
Gov. Nixon opens new state funds strictly for recovery money to ensure accountability and transparency
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration today created two new funds within the State Treasury where all federal recovery money will be deposited to ensure accountability and transparency. Gov. Nixon also announced that Missourians can track all federal recovery fund receipts and expenditures on the State’s Web site, http://www.Transform.Mo.Gov.

Oklahoma: Still taking Federal monies.

Welcome to the Recovery & Reinvestment Oklahoma Web site

In February of 2009, President Obama and the U.S. Congress approved the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help kick-start the nation’s economy. The landmark measure includes targeted tax relief and significant investments in such vital areas as education, transportation, healthcare, science and technology and energy-efficiency.

In an effort to ensure full transparency and accountability, Gov. Brad Henry ordered the creation of a state Web site to help track the use of Oklahoma stimulus funds. This site will provide the citizens of Oklahoma access to clear and concise information about the federal stimulus initiative.

Minnesota: Nope…. nothing matching the claims on either the State site, nor the Governor’s… but the governor HAS appointed someone to be in charge of the stimulus funds coming into the State:

“Good Morning, Minnesota”


Saint Paul – Governor Tim Pawlenty today appointed Tom Hanson as Federal Stimulus Coordinator for the State of Minnesota. Hanson serves as Commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget.

Hanson’s responsibilities in the role include coordinating efforts among Minnesota state agencies and boards to identify the most efficient uses of federal stimulus funds, overseeing accountability measures related to the stimulus, and working with the state’s federal affairs office in Washington, D.C. to coordinate with the state’s congressional delegation.

Georgia: Nothing on either the State’s, nor the Governor’s websites matching this claim whatsoever.

South Carolina: …. nope, nothing there either

Texas: Nope, nothing resembling what’s claimed there either….. but I did find THIS on the governor’s website…. so he has nooooo problem with taking Federal funds…..

Gov. Perry Requests USDA Assistance for All 254 Texas Counties

March 06, 2009

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today requested that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provide disaster relief assistance for Texas farms and ranches that have suffered economic and physical losses as a result of severe drought conditions.

If Perry’s statewide request is approved, qualified farm operators in all Texas counties will be eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the USDA. The agency also offers additional programs, such as technical assistance, to eligible farmers.

So basically, from what I can tell from each State’s official websites, the claims in that “article” are wholly and completely bogus….. why am I not surprised?