Tennessee’s Democratic Governor Might Say No to Unemployment Benefits in Stimulus Package

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | February 25, 2009 | 11:29 AM EST

(CNSNews.com) – Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, said he might turn down a portion of the $787 billion economic stimulus package that applies to unemployment benefits, because of the conditions attached to the money, The Tennessean reported.
At the National Governors Association meetings in Washington, D.C., Bredesen was opposed to the part of the stimulus package that provides an additional $25 a week for unemployed workers, because it would require that the benefits be extended to part-time workers as well, and that would strain the unemployment trust fund.
"We are evaluating this piece of money, whether it makes sense for us to take it," Bredesen told Chattanooga Times Free Press on Monday. "We're in the position of going back to our legislature this year for changes in our tax structure just to keep our fund whole, and taking it to a new level may be too much of a lift for the legislature this spring."
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