by Rhonda McBride
Friday, March 20, 2009
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Many people who are upset over Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to not ask for $170 million in federal stimulus money are protesting against her decision.
"The stimulus package for education is really a stimulus of the mind," said protestor Mary Hakala. "Without a decisive strong reaction, we will lose that opportunity."
"She didn't admit that she rejected the funds, which is how things were worded yesterday. The funds were rejected," said Ryan Conarro, another protestor.
The governor's exact words from Thursday were, "We are not requesting funds intended to just grow government."
The Palin administration insists that it's not rejecting the education stimulus money, and that it's simply not requesting the money by deferring that decision to the Legislature.