Texans Siding with Governor in Federal Stimulus Rejection

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry's decision to refuse unemployment law changes needed to qualify for federal stimulus money apparently has a thumbs-up from Texans.

That's at least the picture that emerges from the correspondence coming into his office.

E-mails, faxes, letters and phone call records to the governor's office were released to the Houston Chornicle in response to a public information request. They show Perry's decision favored by a 2-1 margin in the 4,300 messages.

The Chronicle reports that many who e-mailed their support apparently used a circulated form letter. That form described the unemployment stimulus funds as a "Band-Aid approach" and a burden on employers.

On the other hand, one of those upset with Perry's stance wrote: "May the fleas of 1,000 camels infest your linen closet."

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