Governor Palin Vetoes Spendulus Waste

Another reason for us to love her:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday vetoed $80 million from appropriation bills, including $28.6 million from the federal stimulus funds for energy efficiency.

Despite pressure from some lawmakers and others to accept the federal money, the Republican governor said she won’t accept funds tied to adoption of building codes by local governments.

“Alaskans and our communities have a long history of independence and opposing many mandates from Washington, D.C.,” Palin said in a statement announcing the veto. “This principle of maximum self-government for local communities is also set out in our constitution. There isn’t a lot of support for the federal government to coerce Alaska communities to adopt building codes, but lawmakers can always exercise checks and balances by overriding my veto.”

Its hard for States to reject any of the funds, of course – and, in the end, almost all the funds set for the States will be spent by the States…but as a matter of principle, it is good to see Governor Palin taking a stand here. There is no need for DC to even be remotely interested in local building codes – no need, and no constitutional warrant. When you invite in federal money, it comes with federal strings and for far too long our States have acted as mere transmission belts for orders from DC…its time they started acting like the sovereign States they are.