- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

JUNEAU, ALASKA (AP) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she will accept just 55 percent of the estimated $930 million in federal stimulus funds that could flow to the state.

The former vice presidential candidate said Thursday she would accept money that is “timely, targeted and temporary” and does not create strings that will bind the state later. It’s up to the Legislature to weigh in on the rest of the package.

Democratic state Rep. Les Gara says he is shocked the governor would turn away money. Palin says she is acting in Alaskans’ best interests.

Some GOP governors, including Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, also have rejected some stimulus money. Others, including Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Charlie Crist of Florida, have welcomed it.

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