Louisiana Governor Bobbi Jindal just staked his 2012 presidential bid on refusing unemployment benefits from the stimulus provisions.
Governor Bobby Jindal has announced that he will decline stimulus money specifically targeted at expanding state unemployment insurance coverage, becoming the first state executive to officially refuse any part of the federal government’s payout to states.
In a statement, Jindal, who is slated to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s message to Congress on Tuesday, expressed concern that expanding unemployment insurance coverage would lead to increased unemployment insurance taxes later on, Politico.com reported.
“The federal money in this bill will run out in less than three years for this benefit and our businesses would then be stuck paying the bill,” Jindal said.
…just put aside 20 minutes and re-write the law in three years, dude. This is so cynical and perfunctorily cloying, it’s disgusting.
◗The poverty rate in Louisiana is 19.6 percent. In the United States, the poverty rate is 12.4 percent.
◗The poverty rate in metro or urban Louisiana is 18.1 percent. Rural poverty is always more severe than urban poverty. The poverty rate in nonmetro or rural Louisiana is 24.2 percent.
◗More than one-half (35 of 64) of the parishes in Louisiana are nonmetro. Of these, 24 are defined by USDA as persistent poverty parishes. This means that in those 24 parishes, 20 percent or more of the population fell below the poverty line in 1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000…