Crist to House GOP: Take the stimulus money! You’re lawmakers!by Dara Kam | March 26th, 2009
Gov. Charlie Crist encouraged House Republicans to take $444 million in federal stimulus money that would give 40,000 more jobless workers unemployment benefits.
House Majority Leader Adam Hasner is balking at taking the money because he believes that it would cause businesses’ unemployment taxes to go up after the stimulus money dries up.
But a national employment group found that businesses’ taxes would go up anyway and taking the money would actually be a saving for them in the long run.
Crist said he’s sympathetic to the House’s worries about the impact on businesses.
But, he went on: “They’re lawmakers though. Maybe they could come up with a law that would say we’ll take the stimulus…for x amount of years and not have to continue and then keep the rates down.”