Gov. Rick Perry will announce today that he is blocking the state from accepting $550 million for expanded unemployment benefits as part of the federal stimulus package.
With an upscale Houston hardware store as his backdrop, he will paint the expansion as a burden on small business.
The Legislature still could move to change state law to draw down the money, but those changes would be subject to a Perry veto.
To be eligible for all the money, Texas must enact legislation that would change how the state’s calculates a worker’s eligibility and extend benefits to more workers, including those looking for part-time work.
UPDATE2: I’d be remiss if I failed to mention that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford rejected $700 million in stimulus money yesterday.