Dems May Force Texas Governor To Take Stimulus Funds

04/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Fort Worth Star Telegram

Gov. Rick Perry's decision on Thursday to turn down $555 million for expanded unemployment benefits from the federal stimulus package became an instant issue in his re-election campaign and provoked a confrontation with Democratic lawmakers who vowed to try to overturn the decision.

But business groups and conservatives in the Legislature stood behind the Republican governor, saying that Perry's refusal spares Texas from paying a big tab later when the federal dollars run out.

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